Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have released a new trailer for Rampage, Dwayne Johnson‘s latest action adventure film, reteaming him with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton. Inspired by the 1980s video game, Rampage stars Johnson as a people-shy primatologist Davis Okoye whose best friend is a remarkably intelligent silverback gorilla named George. That is until a rogue genetic experiment transforms the ape into a giant monster, sending him on a rampage across the nation with a 30-foot flying wolf and one big ass ‘gator by his side. To save the day and his giant, furry buddy Davis throws himself in the thick of battle — a perfect formula to unleash a classic Dwayne Johnson franchise performance.
I wasn’t particularly wowed by the first trailer — too much exposition and a real cringeworthy needle drop of ‘Bullets and Butterfly Wings’ — but this one’s got more personality and comedy, and it sells the film a whole lot better. San Andreas was frustratingly self-serious amidst the absurd action, so here’s hoping Peyton leans more into Johnson’s charm than his brawn this time around.
Rampage also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, as well as P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, and Matt Gerald. The film arrives in theaters on April 20, 2018, watch the first trailer below.
Here’s the official Rampage synopsis.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.