John Cena in Talks to Play Duke Nukem in Big Screen Adaptation

Carla Harmon
January 23, 2018

Is John Cena Headed to HBO's Watchmen? The project was initially set up through Dimension Films, but is now being handled by Paramount.

That hasn't stopped Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes from picking up the rights to the franchise, and have announced that they are looking for none other than John Cena to play the lead role.


No director or writer is attached yet, reported Variety.

Duke Nukem Forever released in 2011 was the last major thing the '90s video game character was in.


Cena has the same meathead look that makes him ideal for the role of Duke Nukem. That said, Nukem remained a relevant name in gaming as of late, mainly thanks to his guest appearance in Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition as guest star downloadable content.

It's taken a long time, but there's finally some solid progress on bringing the videogame character Duke Nukem to the big screen.


Cena has quietly made Paramount his de facto movie home, having appeared in the studio's Daddy Home 2, which has grossed over $100 million domestically, and is due to appear in Bumblebee, the studio's Transformers spinoff that Bay produced. But the question is if people would want to see him in the role. Judging from the video games, it's possible the film version could be R rated and feature a lot of '90s style of humor and content.

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