Suddenly we're feeling a lot better about the idea of Robert Pattinson playing Jeff Buckley.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is producing and starring in a film about the life of country music legend Charley Pride, the singer told the Telegraph-Journal (via The Playlist). The project, being directed by Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow), originally had Terrence Howard attached to star.
"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," explained Pride.
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Pride's life story is unique, to say the least. He was once a promising baseball prospect whose career was derailed by two years in the military. While attempting a return to baseball, he was encouraged to pursue a country music career, an unusual choice for a black man, particularly in the America of the 1950s.
Yet he would go on to sing 39 #1 hits on the country charts, win numerous awards, perform at the Grand Ole Opry and eventually land in the Country Music Hall of Fame. His life certainly warrants a biopic. But the idea of The Rock playing him gives us the shivers--let's hope we're wrong.
The Rock's latest, the shockingly good "Fast Five," is out today.