Dwayne Johnson has offered another tease of his upcoming action thriller Skyscraper on social media, along with some tantalizing plot details. The film finds Johnson reteaming with Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who makes the jump to full-blown blockbuster after having been in the running for Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. The story takes place in China and sees Johnson playing a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran who now assess security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China, he finds himself framed for setting the tallest building in the world ablaze, all the while his family is trapped inside.
That’s the sort of premise that gives you a lot of wiggle room for “hero moments,” and indeed in this most recent Instagram snap and in a previous Instagram video, we see that Johnson is certainly bloodied and bruised. It’s this look and the building-centric setting that bring Die Hard to mind, and it’ll be interesting to see if the film leans into these comparisons.
One of the more intriguing aspects of Skyscraper, is that it has Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood cinematographer Robert Elswit serving as director of photography. Elswit is no stranger to action having also shot Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation, but he’s certainly one of the best DPs in the business and is indeed Paul Thomas Anderson’s go-to. I’m mighty curious to see what kind of visuals he’s putting together with Thurber.
Check out the Instagram snaps and video below. Skyscraper also stars Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, and Chin Han and opens in theaters on July 13, 2018.
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Bloody and battered w/ my director @rawsonthurber between takes. WEEK 3 complete of our action thriller #SKYSCRAPER. This is my second film with Rawson putting my trust in his hands. A very smart, ambitious, extremely focused and methodical guy who wants to deliver a f*cking intensely breathtaking and epic film for the fans. Our story takes place in China. In the penthouse of the world's tallest skyscraper… on fire. More details to come down the road. Until then, WEEK 3 complete and we'll just keep on keepin' on. #JohnsonThurber #SKYSCRAPER
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1am. On set of #SKYSCRAPER. Minutes away from me scaling the world's tallest building in what will be insanely rad stunt and breathtaking scene in our movie. Our Director of Photography, Robert Elswit won an Oscar for one of my favorite movies – THERE WILL BE BLOOD. The man knows how to calm a set before all hell breaks loose.. thus the beautiful jazz music of the iconic Sonny Collins in the background. I may be a little crazy but it keeps me from goin' insane. #CalmBeforeTheChaos #ALittleSonnyCollins #SKYSCRAPER #HongKong
Here’s the official synopsis for Skyscraper:
Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s SKYSCRAPER as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.