UPDATE, 10:32 PM: We got a 45-second tease of Skyscraper during The Big Game, but Dwayne Johnson brought the whole trailer with him to drop on The Tonight Show. The pic wonderfully looks like Die Hard on steroids. Johnson plays a former FBI guy who after a severe foot injury becomes a “glorified security guard” at The Pearl, a building in Hong Kong which he bills “the tallest, most advanced building in the world…a vertical city” with “every single safety and security challenge” at 244 floors. Terrorists target the building, chaos ensues, and Johnson does high-wire stunts that tower over Tom Cruise’s dangling from the Burj Khalifa in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
PREVIOUS, 6:30 PM: After rumbling with producer Beau Flynn three summers ago with San Andreas, Dwayne Johnson is poised to shake-up summer again with the producer on the Universal/Legendary hostage-action pic Skyscraper.
Johnson in what looks to be a twist on Die Hard plays a hardworking father with a handicap, and he’s determined to save his “family who is trapped 240 floors in the air.” And instead of cars leaping across buildings like in Furious 7, it’s Johnson as we see here in this trailer. Speaking of Furious 7, Johnson’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is about to take over that movie as the action star’s highest grossing film at the domestic B.O. with over $353M.
Uni dropped the first 45 seconds of Skyscraper and the full trailer is expected to drop during The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon tonight.
Skyscraper is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber who prior to directing movies, launched to stardom during Super Bowl 2003 with his hysterical “Terry Tate: Office Linebacker” commercials for Reebok.
Thurber also wrote Skyscraper. Mary Parent, Hiram Garcia, Thurber and Johnson produce. Pablo Schreiber and Neve Campbell also star.
Skyscraper opens on July 13.
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