Dwayne Johnson is on a terrific roll right now. He’s developed a likable big-screen presence and has chosen projects that allow him to shine as a heroic leading man. While he’s not afraid of roles that poke self-aware fun at his macho reputation — witness Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — he’s equally happy to embrace stereotypes, as long as they have feature some twists and turns to familiar formulas.
That appears to be the case with Skyscraper. Sure, he’s a heroic leading man who is willing to sacrifice everything to save his family out of a high-rise building in Asia that has transformed into a blazing inferno, yet his character is also a disabled military veteran, which plays a key role in the story.
The first trailer dropped during the Super Bowl earlier this year. Now a new trailer has been released and it looks even more spectacular. Watch it now and then catch up with everything we know about it below — including the new poster.
What’s it about?
Johnson stars as Will Sawyer, who assesses security for skyscrapers. A disabled military veteran, he’s brought his family with him to Asia on his latest job. When the building catches fire, however, he’s accused of being responsible. Then those who are actually responsible try to blackmail him to help them carry out their dastardly plan. Will must foil their plans, clear his name and save his family.
When the movie was announced last year, Johnson noted: “This character is inspired by the thousands of disabled US veterans and war heroes I’ve had the honor of shaking hands with over the years. This character is also an homage to the every day man and woman who, despite all odds, will dig deep and do everything possible to protect and save their family.”
Who else stars?
Neve Campbell costars as Sarah Sawyer, the lead character’s devoted wife; she definitely will have her hands full trying to survive the blaze with her children. The cast also includes Chin Han (Ghost in the Shell), Noah Taylor (Paddington 2), Roland Moller (The Commuter), Byron Mann (The Big Short) and Pablo Schreiber (Den of Thieves).
Rawson Marshall Thurber, who also wrote the original screenplay. He teamed with Johnson previously on the action-comedy Central Intelligence. Though he’s best known for comedies, including Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and We’re the Millers, we expect him to bring his crack comic timing with him to this movie and apply it to crackling action sequences.
When can we see it?
Universal Pictures will open Skyscraper in theaters everywhere on July 13, 2018.