With production on the video game adaptation Rampage now underway, lead star Dwayne Johnson has posted a photo of himself and motion-capture actor Jason Liles on the film’s set on his Facebook page. In a lengthy post, he revealed the 6’9″ actor is playing George, the gorilla who becomes infected and attacks the city with a mutated lizard and wolf.
In the post, Johnson talks about Liles commitment to the role and what its like working with WETA Digital. Check out his 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. 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.
George, is played by 6’9 Jason Liles, pictured here. 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. 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.
We have the best mo-cap team in the world (WETA Digital) working on our RAMPAGE MONSTERS and you’ll get a taste of this new technology in the upcoming WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES as well as James Cameron’s AVATARS. With all the cool advanced technology in our movie, the #1 thing you’re gonna experience when you watch it, is FUN. Because when my best friend, George no happy, then me no happy. And when me no happy.. bad people become our lunch.”
Rampage is set for release on April 20th 2018, and is directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas) with a cast that includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Baywatch), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), Naomie Harris (Moonlight) Malin Akerman (The Final Girls), Joe Manganiello (The Batman) and Jake Lacy (Obvious Child).