‘Deadpool 3’: Is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson The Newest Cast Member?

With all the rumors Deadpool 3 is going to be a PG-13 rated movie, it makes media analysts like us wonder what it’s going to mean in attracting new talent to the franchise. New rumors are percolating about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joining the third movie playing baddie Garrison Kane. As a result, we’re pondering whether Johnson and Ryan Reynolds can have proper repartee at a PG-13 level.

One way to determine this is to look back at what kind of movie projects Johnson prefers doing. In the beginning, it seems he was determined to be in the slightly more family-friendly fare. He’s more or less maintained this, including his latest cop buddy effort Hobbs & Shaw.

Would Dwayne Johnson really want to act in ‘Deadpool 3’?

Dwayne Johnson
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Based on what we’ve seen on Johnson’s Twitter account, it’s a big affirmative on at least being interested in joining a third Deadpool movie. It all started when Deadpool co-creator Robert Liefeld posted a pic that combining a shot of Johnson next to the action figure version of Garrison Kane. With that was a friendly note pointing out Johnson and Reynolds have perfect chemistry for such a thing.

If you missed the allusion there, it relates to Reynolds appearing briefly with Johnson in Hobbs & Shaw as part of a major plot point. Fans noted the noticeable chemistry between the two, which is always evidence of an inevitable team-up elsewhere.

What made this move forward is when Johnson replied to Liefeld’s Instagram post on Twitter saying latter was absolutely right about former having outstanding chemistry with his “familiar friend.” Johnson’s comment ended with an adamant question on how to go about crossing over to the Deadpool universe.

We have a feeling phone calls were being made by 20th Century Fox execs a minute after the tweet went live. Also, you have to imagine Johnson’s thought cloud on what he’d look like as Garrison Kane.

Dwayne Johnson definitely resembles Garrison Kane

Those of you familiar with the villain Garrison Kane will know he’s known for looking ripped with an intense expression. However, he’s also sometimes known for a shock of black hair, something Johnson had at one time — though, now chooses to go bald.

Should he play Kane, he’ll have to spend extra time in the makeup chair putting on a dark hairpiece, unless they decide to change the look of Kane. There are some comic book pics of Kane looking a little more shaved on top, giving some leeway for Johnson to avoid growing hair, wearing a hairpiece, or a dye job.

What we don’t know is whether writers will have to work Kane’s irreverence with Wade Wilson/Deadpool into a PG-13 framework. You’re finding more opinion now that Disney will relent and let Deadpool 3 perhaps go back to its R-rated roots, at least in the solo films.

One could argue because the franchise has already jumped into the R-rated pool, there’s really no turning back. Maybe Disney will still insist for PG-13 as a way forward into the MCU, but Johnson might think it over based on a world used to more R-rated movies.

Dwayne Johnson can fit more comfortably into a PG-13 film than anyone else

You could also argue Johnson is doing fewer R-rated movies since he now fits into a family/franchise film niche. Some of his recent movies, like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, would be considered an attempt at being an actor everyone in the family wants to see.

Hobbs & Shaw was notably PG-13 as well, proving how easy it would be to fit into a PG-13 Deadpool. Let’s all admit, though, the difference between PG-13 has probably come a lot closer to an R rating than vice versa. There may only be a difference of one or two curse words and one intensity level of violence.

With the right writing, the repartee between Johnson and Reynolds in Deadpool 3 would likely be just as entertaining as it was in Hobbs & Shaw. Even the most ardent fan demanding a four-letter word or two probably won’t be disappointed.