“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” this isn’t. Dwayne Johnson will follow his forthcoming comedy sequel with a less family-friendly wildlife adventure, “Rampage.” In it, he plays a primatologist who forges a strong bond with a silverback gorilla named George (not to be confused with Curious George).
After a botched genetic experiment causes George to mutate into a King Kong-like giant, the scientist tries to save his simian pal while battling other oversized creatures, including a 30-foot-long wolf and a gigantic crocodile.
Based on a 1980s video game, “Rampage” reunites Mr. Johnson with Brad Peyton, the director of his 2015 smash disaster movie, “San Andreas,” which raked in $474 million worldwide. The cast also boasts a couple of cable TV horror-show veterans, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”) and Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), as well as Naomie Harris, an Oscar nominee for “Moonlight.”
The new trailer suggests the movie combines elements of “Planet of the Apes” with “Snakes on a Plane” (albeit with an ape). “Rampage” will reach theaters April 20.
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