Jeffrey Dean Morgan may have his hands full trying to rule over post-apocalyptic communities as Negan on The Walking Dead, but that isn't stopping the actor from staying busy on the big screen, too, as he's now joined Dwayne Johnson in New Line Cinema's movie adaptation of the 1980s video game Rampage.

Deadline reports the news of Morgan's casting in the colossal creature feature. The Walking Dead actor joins a cast that includes Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, PJ Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, and Breanne Hill.

According to Deadline, Morgan will play "Agent Russell, who works for a covert government division called OGA and rolls with serious swagger and attitude." That shouldn't be a problem for someone who has brought Robert Kirkman's comic book creation Negan to life with such a menacing and charismatic touch on The Walking Dead. Morgan shared his excitement for the movie on Twitter (see below), writing, "Monsters don't stand a chance."

While specific plot details are unknown, Rampage is expected to incorporate key story elements of the 1986 Midway video game (which also continued in sequels such as Rampage World Tour and Rampage 2: Universal Tour), including its three colossal creatures, whom Rampage fans will remember as the giant gorilla George, the looming lizard Lizzie, and the jumbo werewolf Ralph. In the video games, these monsters were once humans, but were mutated after experiments went wrong at Scumlabs. They proceeded to vent their anger by stomping and toppling big cities around the world (and, eventually, in space as well).

Rampage will be directed by Brad Peyton (Incarnate, San Andreas) from a screenplay originally written by Ryan Engle, with subsequent work done by Carlton Cuse, Ryan Condal, and Adam Sztykiel. Rampage is set to rumble the big screen on April 20th, 2018, and we'll be sure to keep you updated as more details are revealed.

Source: Deadline
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