The Rock's obviously got bigger fish to fry than John Cena at WrestleMania 29! - Photo by Jack Zalium of Flickr via Wikimedia Commons
Whilst promoting the launch of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took the opportunity to throw down a grandstand challenge to Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and toss his name into the hat for a starring role in the movie.
After many years of turning down offers to make another live action Star Wars movie, George Lucas eventually sold his company Lucasfilm to Disney in October 2012 who immediately announced plans to make a new Star Wars Episode VII film. That script has already been written and director J.J. Abrams will shortly be deciding upon a cast. With two more sequels already being planned that is most definitely a pretty sweet gig if you can land a starring role in them.
So it should come as no surprise then that canny self promoter Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has publicly thrown his name into the hat when a timely opportunity arose to do so, whilst touring Australia to hype the release date of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 28th.
As always, he had the perfect, off-the-cuff, amusing anecdote to tie his appearance as Roadblock in G.I Joe with his desire to get in on the Star Wars action:
"I played with two lines of action figures when I was a kid: G.I. Joe and Star Wars.
By the way, because we didn't have a lot of money, I used to steal them. I'd just rip open the packages and shove 'em in my pockets ... like a lot of kids. I got caught a couple of times, got my ass kicked by my parents.
So when I got the call saying, 'How do you feel about becoming the leader of the G.I. Joes?', it was like if I got a call from George Lucas saying, 'I want you to be in Star Wars'."
I guess wrestling dolls must have come on the market a bit late for The Rock to play with! He just had to make do with cutting promos in front of the mirror pretending to be "Nature Boy" Ric Flair instead.
Of course, Johnson is hoping that Abrams' answer to this grandstand challenge will be "Just bring it":
"I'm gonna call J.J. and you're gonna help by printing it and I'm gonna be in Star Wars!"
Hey, there's no harm in trying to get the millions and millions of The Rock's fans onboard to attempt to make his dreams come true again.
What do you think, Cagesiders? How jacked would you be to see The People's Champion go one on one with the great Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader?