August 31, 2011 5:23pm PT by Borys Kit
Taylor Lautner, Dwayne Johnson Offered Roles as David and Goliath
Taylor Lautner and Dwayne Johnson could end up being David and Goliath if Relativity has its way.
The two actors have been offered the title roles in the company’s Goliath, which is described as a period action movie made with contemporary sensibilities but based on the Biblical tale.
Director Scott Derrickson is helming while Ryan Kavanaugh of Relativity as well as Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill are producing.
The early talks have not yet progressed into full-blown negotiations, as financial issues have gotten in the way. Both actors command upwards of $10 million in asking prices, depending on the project, so talks could end with a slingshot to the head before formal negotiations even begin.
Relativity is eyeing other casting options in case the scenario goes south.
As Heat Vision wrote when breaking the news of Derrickson boarding, “The story is set in motion when the fierce warrior Goliath is sent to track down a foretold king of the Israelites. A young shepherd David is thrust into an epic chase and adventure fighting for his own life, the lives of his loved ones and eventually the lives of his people. The story climaxes in a battle of literal Biblical proportions between the young man and the giant sent to destroy him.” JD Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the script.
Lautner is about to test his non-Twilight appeal with Abduction, the action thriller which Lionsgate opens September 23, while Johnson is coming off the mega success of Fast Five.