Wrestler/actor John Cena has signed on to play Duke Nukem in a Paramount Pictures adaptation of the video game series. Producer Andrew Form confirmed the casting in an interview, saying that although they don't have a script they have secured Cena for the titular role.
"Yeah, that's what we're working with now. He is. Yes. We don't have a script yet, so that is confirmed at this point but if he reads the script and he doesn't like the script I'm sure there's ways that he could pull out, but right now he's our guy," Form told Cinemablend.
The idea of a Duke Nukem movie has been bandied about in Hollywood since late 1990s, and Form says that the key is the tone - and he's pulling it from 20th Century Fox's Deadpool.
"It's going to be about tone. That's about tone. How do you nail that tone in the way that Deadpool nailed the tone?," said the producer. "I think we have to do that and if we don't get the tone right then we're not going to make the movie."
Paramount has not set a release date for the Duke Nukem movie.