Dwanye Johnson, otherwise known as the WWE’s “The Rock”” has been tapped to portray menacing giant Goliath in a new feature film, with his adversary likely to be Taylor Lautner (Twilight) as shepherd boy David. Relativity Media, responsible for such films as “Machine Gun Preacher” and “Immortals,” was working in tandem with Temple HIll Entertainment on “Goliath.”
According to circulated trades the plot-line for “Goliath” is as follows:
The story is set in motion when the fierce warrior Goliath is sent to track down a foretold king of the Israelites. A young shepherd David is thrust into an epic chase and adventure fighting for his own life, the lives of his loved ones and eventually the lives of his people. The story climaxes in a battle of literal Biblical proportions between the young man and the giant sent to destroy him.
Johnson and Lautner have been offered the roles of giant and shepherd boy, however it has not been confirmed whether the actors have accepted the roles.”Goliath,” said to resemble the Greek epic “300,” has been described as a period action movie based on the biblical tale, according to TwitchFilm.com.Scott Derrickson will reportedly direct “Goliath” and Ryan Kavanaugh, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen are said to be the producers. Godfrey and Bowen also worked as producers for “The Nativity Story” and the “Twilight” films.
Derrickson also directed “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” Johnson, who has starred in such films as “Fast Five” and “Tooth Fairy,” is currently filming a “G.I. Joe” sequel. Lautner is best known for his role as shape-shifting wolf and Jacob Black in the popular “Twilight” film series. He currently has a new movie coming out in the nexr few weeks called “Abduction.” Twilight Breaking Dawn will hit screens on November 23.