Skyscraper is the year’s biggest “not based on anything” studio release, and the weight of its expectations is resting on the broad shoulders of its affable lead, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Johnson is one of a tiny handful of modern-day movie stars able to front mid-to-big budget vehicles based on their perceived value to the audience moviegoer.
And although Skyscraper comes hot on the heels of the abysmal Baywatch, it also follows Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which just passed Furious 7 in North America to become Johnson’s biggest domestic hit ever ($356m, not accounting for inflation) and $861m worldwide. Skyscraper‘s due out in July. Oh, and actually, even before that, there’s Rampage, the movie trailer that got me thinking about our Dwayne this morning.