Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is set to receive the biggest fee for an actor ever for his role in the upcoming film Red One.
Johnson will appear in Amazon Prime Video‘s festive action comedy Red One alongside Chris Evans, JK Simmons, Lucy Liu, Nick Kroll and more.
According to reports in Puck, The Rock will receive a staggering $ 50 million for his role in the film, surpassing the $40m received by Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War and Will Smith in King Richard to become the highest fee for a single actor in a film of all time.
The plot for Red One is being kept under wraps, but Johnson will star as Commander Callum Drift and it will be directed by Jake Kasdan.
Discussing filming the project with Johnson last year, Evans spoke to comicbook.com. “I’ve been in this industry for too long, but I’ve never seen a Christmas movie come across my lap,” he told the outlet in April.
“It’s never been on my radar. They happen. They’re occasional. But it’s never been something that’s come my way.
“So, the fact that this one popped up, I was like, ‘I can’t say no to this. I just can’t’. And Dwayne is just unbelievable. He’s such a nice guy. He’s incredible what he does actually, he’s so funny. He’s really charming and really knows.”
Dwayne Johnson rules out running for US President
The Rock has said that running for President Of The United States Of America is currently “off the table”.
Johnson has been speaking about becoming President since 2016. First he said he “wouldn’t rule it out” before saying he was seriously considering running for office in 2020. He then dismissed the speculation entirely.
However, in 2021 Johnson said he would still consider a Presidential bid, and it was later revealed that 46 percent of Americans would vote for him.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, he was integral to the development and success of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) during the Attitude Era, an industry boom period in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Johnson wrestled for the WWF for eight years prior to pursuing an acting career. His films have grossed over $3.5 billion in North America and over $10.5 billion worldwide, making him one of the world’s highest-grossing and highest-paid actors.
His first film role was in The Mummy Returns (2001). The following year he played his first leading role in the action fantasy film The Scorpion King (2002). He has since starred in family films.
His role as Luke Hobbs in the Fast & Furious films, beginning with Fast Five (2011), helped the franchise become one of the highest-grossing in the film industry.