Dwayne Johnson, Tyler Lautner Tapped for New 'Goliath' Film

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    Dwayne Johnson poses at the premiere of the movie "Race to Witch Mountain" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California March 11, 2009.
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    Actors Robert Pattinson (L), Taylor Lautner (C) and Kristen Stewart accept the favorite movie award for 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' at the 2011 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles January 5, 2011.
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By Nicola Menzie, Christian Post Reporter
September 1, 2011|9:30 am

Dwanye Johnson, otherwise known as "The Rock," has been tapped to portray menacing giant Goliath in a new feature film, with his adversary likely to be Taylor Lautner as shepherd boy David.

Relativity Media, responsible for such films as "Machine Gun Preacher" and "Immortals," was working in tandem with Temple HIll Entertainment on "Goliath."

Johnson and Lautner have been offered the roles of giant and shepherd boy, however it has not been confirmed whether the actors have accepted the roles.

"Goliath," said to resemble the Greek epic "300," has been described as a period action movie based on the biblical tale, according to TwitchFilm.com.

Scott Derrickson will reportedly direct "Goliath" and Ryan Kavanaugh, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen are said to be the producers.

Godfrey and Bowen also worked as producers for "The Nativity Story" and the "Twilight" films.

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Derrickson also directed "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "The Exorcism of Emily Rose."

According to Hollywood Reporter, the plotline for "Goliath" is as follows:

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.

Johnson, who has starred in such films as "Fast Five" and “Tooth Fairy,” is currently filming a "G.I. Joe" sequel.

Lautner is best known for his role as shapeshifting Jacob in the popular "Twilight" film series.

 

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