Dwayne Johnson Taking Over For Terrence Howard In Charley Pride Biopic?

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 28, 2011 1:58 AM
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Hmm... the short story goes... back in 2006, it was announced that Terrence Howard would reteam with his Hustle And Flow director, Craig Brewer, to produce a film based on the life of one of the few successful black country music stars, Charley Pride, with Howard in the title role.

Fast-forward 5 years later, and little has developed since the initial announcement, to really no one's surprise. Certainly not mine.

This morning, I read THIS article on New Brunswick, Canada-based paper, the Telegraph-Journal, which includes an interview with Pride himself, who provides an update on the project... specifically saying that the Howard/Brewer film "got fumbled... New management took over the studio that was ready to begin site work on it... And a decision was made to put all their resources behind thrillers - fast actioners. They felt that was where the big box office money was then."

However, as Pride adds, "Now it's back on track again but with action and comedy star Dwayne Johnson portraying me in the title role... Terrence, it seems, is tied up on other involvements for a few years."

The interviewer expresses some surprise, stating, "Wow!... Johnson. The Rock! He'll do a way more forceful job playing you! A pro-athletic background like yours and a lot of the same charisma! That's really exciting!"

And Pride replied to that with, "I think so now... Terrence is no doubt a more in-depth actor academically, but Dwayne is such a force on screen. It startled me a little at first, but he flew down to Dallas and spent a day with me just sitting, talking recently. And when he left it was like parting with an old friend. We had such similar views on so many things."

I think "startled" would be an understatement in my case, and I'm having a really hard time picturing Dwayne "Can You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking" Johnson as Charley Pride... not that I'm some Charley Pride aficionado. I'm not. But in watching a few videos with him performing, before I typed this up, in trying to picture Dwayne Johnson in the part (the anti-thesis of Terrence Howard, who I think would have actually been a good choice for the role), I just couldn't see it.

But maybe you guys can help me see it... :)

I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else, so it may eventually be proven incorrect; but it's worth noting some connections here: first, Pride was interviewed by the Canadian paper, because he will be performing there (Saint John, New Brunswick) next month; also, as the interviewer notes, both Pride and Johnson have pro-athlete backgrounds - Dwayne in football, Pride in baseball.

Still... we'll see how this one develops... if it does.

I'm working to confirm...

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8 Comments

  • Gerry Taylor | May 7, 2011 9:06 AMReply

    It was a surprise....and it's true!
    Original article at: www.gerrytaylor.ca

    Telegraph Journal in Saint John,. NB Canada has my phone number. I've covered folk and country music for over 30 years.

  • ladybug | April 30, 2011 2:40 AMReply

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say this role would be best suited for Wayne Brady. I mean if you are going to go with Dwayne Johnson . . . why not explore Brady. Plus Brady actually seems closer to him in physically.

  • DEBBIE | April 29, 2011 7:05 AMReply

    THE MAN IS HANDSOME,BUT CHARLEY PRIDE HAS SUCH A HEARTWARMING PERSONALITY AND TO SEE HIM ENTERTAIN IN CONCERT IS MAGICAL,I HAVE BEEN TO HIS CONCERTS SINCE 1971 AND TERRENCE WOULD PORTRAY CHARLEY BETTER,HAVE THEY NOT CONSIDERED DION PRIDE TO PLAY HIS FATHER,HE IS ENERGIZED ON STAGE AND SOUNDS ALOT LIKE CHARLEY,THIS WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO SUCH A WELL DESERVED MAN.

  • Nadell | April 28, 2011 6:36 AMReply

    Ian...sir, let's not OK.
    I never understood folks who come to blog sites -- knowing that there certainly will be opinions stated and made and have the nerve to appoint someone else's comments as 'ignorant'.
    But round of applause to you, you've stated your opinion.

  • Cynthia | April 28, 2011 5:29 AMReply

    Well I'm going to go out on a limb and say Dwayne is an excellent choice! His acting skills have improved over the years and if you've seen him in "Gridiron Gang" you'd know he has what it takes. He does 1 or 2 good films then he screws it up with overblown, noisy films that have no depth. The Hollywood action flicks are his bread and butter but it would be nice for him to turn the corner and do something totally left field for a change.

  • Ian | April 28, 2011 4:55 AMReply

    Looks like Nadell knows nothing about Dwayne. Get educated before making ignorant comments. Dwayne happens to play a musical instrument and can sing.

  • Lynn | April 28, 2011 4:29 AMReply

    Well, if The Rock gets a lot of acting lessons done and really prepares 4 the role. Maybe it will be worth it.

  • Nadell | April 28, 2011 3:24 AMReply

    REALLY folks?
    They're going to ditch an Academy-Award nominee who happens to sing and play a musical instrument and go with.....you know what? WHATEVER!
    And the saga continues.....

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