Fans of The Rock will have plenty of reasons to visit the movie theater this year, as the former (and future?) WWE champ has an action-packed slate of new movies coming out in 2013.
Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock, stars in two sequels and a heist/gym rat movie with Mark Wahlberg. In addition, he's starring in a cop drama called Empire State which is now in post-production and Snitch where he plays a dad infiltrating a drug cartel.
Snitch opens on Feb. 22.
2013 won't be a year of sappy dramas or Disney movies for The Brahma Bull. The Rock's movie lineup this year is powered by speed, sex and slickness.
Which ones are worth seeing? Which ones are destined for a rental? For two of Rock's upcoming flicks, the answer depends on how much one liked the first (or five) installments.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Hasbro's military-themed action figures are going to be back on the big screen on March 29.
Audiences were supposed to be soaking up all the explosions and gunfire sooner, but some snafus that held up the movie's release.
According to Deadline.com, the movie was delayed due to reshoots prompted by bad test scores. Apparently, folks who viewed the movie early wanted more Channing Tatum.
Tatum's character died early in this sequel, so some major reworking had to be done.
Presumably, the new version will have much more Tatum. So, fans of chiseled male torsos, get ready to swoon.
The sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra brings back Ray Park as Snake Eyes, and The Rock reprises his role as Roadblock. New additions include Wu-Tang Clan member RZA and Bruce Willis.
The trailer promises sword fights on the side of a mountain and several pretty women kicking butt.
The story is that G.I. Joe not only must battle their long-time enemies Cobra, but the U.S. government as well. The president is entangled in a conspiracy to frame G.I. Joe.
Retaliation and redemption are sure to follow.
The movie's official website features The Rock quite prominently. It seems moviegoers will get to see plenty of him and Tatum. On the other hand, there is regrettably no trace of Sgt. Slaughter in the film.
Pain & Gain
It's hard to pinpoint what genre Michael Bay's newest effort falls into.
It certainly has plenty of action (the trailer shows shootouts and car chases), but the tone of the dialogue feels tongue-in-cheek.
Mark Wahlberg plays the leader of a threesome of Florida bodybuilders known as the Sun Gym Gang, who kidnap a gangster and swipe his assets. The plot is based on a true story.
The Rock plays Paul Doyle, one of Wahlberg's partners.
Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris and Tony Shalhoub also star. Kurt Angle makes an appearance that includes a fight scene with Rock.
The movie has no shortage of testosterone and bulging biceps. Even the tagline exudes machismo: "Their American dream is bigger than yours."
Pain & Gain comes out on April 26.
Fast and Furious 6
Justin Lin, who directed Fast Five and Tokyo Drift, oversees franchise regulars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese and Ludacris in Fast 6.
Moviegoers get a chance to see a sixth version of the speed and adrenaline film series on May 24.
MMA fighter Gina Carano is added to the mix this time around. She first did Hollywood-style butt-kicking in the action movie Haywire.
The Rock returns again as Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs.
Movieinsider.com gives a summary of the crux of the narrative: "The crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to pull off a high-octane heist on the streets of Europe."
Perhaps more interesting than the actual plot is what happened on the set during filming.
The Sun published an article recounting the story of The Rock stopping a real-life robbery while in his movie garb: "The 6ft 5ins, 20-stone star left filming in the middle of a battle sequence and charged at the hoodies waving his fake police badge."
Add those would-be thieves to Rock's long list of smackdown recipients.
Will Fast 6 depart from the Fast and Furious formula? Not likely with how much money these flicks make. Fast 5 had the best opening of the bunch, earning $83.6 millon.
The newest sequel may or may not match that number, but it will certainly feature high-speed chases, tough guys and sexy women, the building blocks of this film series.
For devoted Rock fans, it'll be the last chance to see him in a movie in 2013.
August 2014, when The Rock plays the titular character in Hercules: The Thracian Wars, is a long way away.