The Rock punches giant animals in first trailer for Rampage

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Nov 16, 2017, 4:40 PM EST

He punched an earthquake in San Andreas and KO'ed the ocean in Baywatch, so now Dwayne Johnson turns his attention to knocking out giant monster animals.

Okay, maybe that's not exactly how it goes down, but that's the general idea behind the first trailer for Rampage, the movie based on the popular 1980s video game franchise that stars Naomie Harris (28 Days Later), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (still channeling Negan from The Walking Dead), Joe Manganiello, and Malin Akerman (Watchmen) in addition to the big man himself.

Johnson plays primatologist Davis Okoye, a man who generally shuns human friendship but has formed a powerful bond with an exceptionally intelligent silverback gorilla named George that he has cared for since birth. When a genetic experiment goes wrong and turns George and other animals into gigantic, destructive monsters that wreak havoc across North America, Davis must team with a discredited genetic engineer to find a cure, stop the rampaging beasts, and save his simian friend.

Here's the trailer, which gives us a good, long look at the monsters:

Rampage is directed by Brad Peyton, with whom Johnson previously collaborated on the earthquake disaster flick San Andreas, and Johnson (via Collider) promised that their new project would be one heck of a rollercoaster:

"These monsters are relentless, and audiences are going to find that ride very exhilarating. As an actor in the movie, it’s fun and daunting. It’s 12- to 14-hour days of survival, and it’s not quiet survival either."

A new poster and two additional images from the movie (one above, one below) are also available to peruse. Meanwhile, if you can't wait for Rampage's April 20, 2018, release date for some exciting Rock action, you can see him next month in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, in which he plays a high school girl trapped in the body of a video game avatar that looks a lot like Dwayne Johnson. That may be an even more fearsome challenge than giant gorillas.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the trailer and whether you're ready for Rampage.