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Dwayne Johnson & Taylor Lautner To Do Battle As 'David And Goliath'?

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 31, 2011 1:41 AM
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Dwayne Johnson and Taylor Lautner? Sure, that's the kind of bicep and pec showdown any producer would love to have, particularly if your names happen to be Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

According to Twitch, the producers behind the "Twilight" movies have made an offer to Jacob to star alongside The Rock, who they are in talks with, for a big screen take on the biblical David and Goliath story -- you can probably figure out who would play what role. Those of you with a good memory might recall that project set up at Relativity was announced as in the works with Scott Derrickson (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”) at the helm a little while ago. While we hadn't heard anything in a while, it appears they are looking to cast this thing up soon.

While faith based movies tend to do well, ironically, films that that are verbatim adaptations of Bible stories are usually a tougher sell at the box office. Godfrey and Bowen previously tried their hand at a Bible tale with "The Nativity Story" which turned a quiet, relatively small, yet tidy profit, but which hardly made the waves of something like "The Passion Of The Christ." However, David and Goliath is obviously a much more cinematically riveting tale than say, Moses And The Burning Bush, and there is probably a certain audience that would love to see Johnson and Lautner in thigh length garb throwing rocks at each other. But we have one quibble with this casting: isn't David supposed to be a completely unassuming everyman type and not a ripped young man who looks like he hits the gym every day for three hours? Frankly, David should be played by a Topher Grace type, though Topher's currently having trouble convincing us he's an FBI agent so maybe that's why they are going with someone with a bit of muscle.

Anyway, it's pretty interesting at this point, and as things develop anything could change. But Johnson and Lautner beating the snot out of each other? Yeah, we might pay to see that.

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  • just me | November 24, 2012 9:53 PMReply

    it's an old tradition of Hollywood to let non-Jewish actors play the greatest heroes of the Bible and it worked well so far (coming from Jewish:).. second personally i don't mind Logan or the other kid from "Perks of...", but i would really like to see Taylor in that movie. anyone who gets the role of David winning a chance to show his ability to the whole world if he has got something to show. plus Johnson as Goliath doesn't hurt either. whoever thinks they will mess it up.. it's been awhile since anyone had made something epic based on the Bible. someone has to take a risk. i will definitely pay to see that:)

  • dee | September 1, 2011 10:26 AMReply

    Logan Lerman should play David. He's skinny AND he's Jewish!

  • steve | August 31, 2011 9:00 AMReply

    Way to mess up the bible story

  • padre | August 31, 2011 7:47 AMReply


    Dwayne don't do it! You are making your fans suffer through GI Joe 2. Isn't that enough?

  • annamorphos | August 31, 2011 7:19 AMReply

    Ah, yes...the greatest upset in the world. David v. Goliath.
    I'm skeptical, but will pass judgment when I see the first trailer.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | August 31, 2011 4:50 AMReply


  • Todd | August 31, 2011 4:44 AMReply

    This is the same thing as the Relativity project. Temple Hill (the Twilight guys) are producing on behalf of Relativity.

  • dave | August 31, 2011 3:30 AMReply

    Think what you about David but in the bible it says he killed lions and bears to protect his flock of sheep.

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