WWE Films: David Otunga to Star in Upcoming Movie with Halle Berry

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterJuly 8, 2012

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WWE's resident coffee-carrying henchman, David Otunga, is set to be the newest WWE wrestler to make the jump to the movies. 

As reported by Wrestlechat.net, Otunga will appear in the upcoming thriller, The Hive, along with Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.

Otunga tweeted the news to his followers.

Otunga comes as a surprise pick because he doesn't have a strong fanbase nor is he especially charismatic.  He doesn't have the kind of star power that would persuade WWE fans to check out the movie.     

Besides his WWE career, a few folks may know him from appearing on VH1's I Love New York 2.

He is certainly handsome enough to belong on the big screen, but how good of an actor is he?

Otunga's WWE career so far hasn't had him display exceptional acting skills.  He's been a jobber with a great physique and has most recently played John Laurinaitis' sweater-vested right-hand man.  This role hasn't required him to emote much.

The producers may see something in him that WWE fans haven't yet had a chance to see.

Perhaps WWE has had a great actor on its roster and simply failed to use him properly, or The Hive will be another film from WWE Studios with a wrestler struggling to act.

WWE Studios will be working with Troika Pictures to co-produce the film.

The Hive is about a 9-1-1 operator (played by Berry) who tries to save a young girl (Breslin) from a kidnapper.  Otunga will play Officer Devans, a police officer who works with Berry's character in finding the young girl. 

The film is written by Rich D'Ovidio, and Brad Anderson will direct.  Anderson's resume includes the thrillers Session 9 and The Machinist

Expect Otunga to be absent from WWE programming once filming begins.  Whether we should expect a WWE Studios snoozer or a movie worth checking out remains to be seen.

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