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John Cena in talks for starring role in Paramount's Duke Nukem film

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Jan 22, 2018

Get ready to mess with the best, because actor and WWE star John Cena is currently in negotiations to star in an upcoming feature film adaptation of the popular Duke Nukem video game franchise.

According to Variety, Cena, who recently provided voiceover for the titular animal character in the animated film Ferdinand and will be appearing in the upcoming Transformers prequel Bumblebee: The Movie, is in talks to play the lead protagonist, Duke Nukem.

First created by Apogee Software, the character appeared in the original Duke Nukem game in 1991. This was followed by multiple sequels from 3D Realms and Gearbox Software, the latter of which acquired the rights to the series in 2010. The hyper-masculine hero is well known for his feats of physical strength, an ego big enough to act as a shield, and an affinity for firearms that he usually uses to kill Earth-invading aliens.

The Duke Nukem feature is currently in the works via Platinum Dunes, a Paramount-based production company originally created by filmmakers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form. No writer or director has been confirmed as being attached to the project as of this reporting.

What do you think? Is Cena the right man for the job?


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