We Look at George the Gorilla in Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’

Check out our look at the production of Rampage HERE! For a brief history of the video game as well.

We have updated information on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s latest project ‘Rampage’. George, the massive giant gorilla, is going to be played by 6’9 Jason Liles via motion-capture with the help of WETA technology, the same group that’s bringing your favorite war driven apes in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes.

The Rock and director, Brad Peyton definitely looked to get an authentic gorilla performance from someone who knows what he’s doing. Apparently, Liles had been studying behaviors of gorillas for months specifically for this role. Check out a short synopsis for Rampage and more information on Jason Liles in Dwayne’s Facebook post below.

“In our story we have three animals who fall victim to evil genetic editing, rapidly changing every strand of their DNA so they grow, evolve and mutate,” Johnson wrote. “Everything becomes amplified… their size, strength, speed, agility… and violent aggression. One of the animals infected – a rare Albino gorilla named, George, is my best friend.”

This is where Rampage takes a note from the Planet of the Apes prequel films with Andy Serkis. Actor Jason Liles (The Conjuring 2) delivers a motion-capture performance as George with the aid of WETA, the same VFX house bringing the apes to life in War for the Planet of the Apes.

“Jason has been studying gorillas for months now preparing for this motion capture role. Gorillas movements, body language, and all emotions – joy, pain, sadness, love, aggression etc,” Johnson noted. “It’s insane when you get around this man and how he’s able to embody a gorilla. This is the most fascinating advanced VFX/motion cap process I’ve ever worked with in my career.”

Rampage is due to hit theaters on April 20, 2018. How fitting right? What better way to celebrate April 20th by watching a movie based on a mindless destructive video game directed by a wrestling entertainment legend. If you catch my drift 😉

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Check out this old school Intro for Rampage 2: Universal Tour

 

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