The Marine is probably one of the WWE’s most successful and popular movie franchises out of all their mediocre movies. The Marine starred WWE Superstar John Cena, who got a great taste at Hollywood at the time and thankfully did not end up like The Rock. The Marine 2 starred second-generation superstar Ted DiBiase Jr [who I have an autographed Blu-Ray from] and now it comes the time to cast the next Marine for the third spinoff.
Randy Orton was the first choice and he even tweeted that he was excited about the event–however some of the US Marines and even some of Randy Orton’s old squadmates were ‘disgusted’ at this casting choice and thought it was a disgrace to US military. WWE eventually announced the removal of Randy Orton from the movie, and seeked for a new star. The intial thoughts were either CM Punk or John Cena. However, neither of these two men scored the role.
The following press release was issued earlier today:
“The Miz(R)” and Wiper Recruited for The Marine: Homefront
STAMFORD, Conn., Apr 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) – WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) today announced WWE(R) Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin will star in The Marine: Homefront, the third installment in The Marine franchise. This marks Mizanin’s first starring role in a film.
The action thriller will be directed by Scott Wiper, who directed The Condemned and wrote the screenplay with John Petro for the Cold Light of Day starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. Principal photography will begin June 11 in Vancouver.
Mizanin portrays a Marine who is forced to put his skills to the test when a radical militia group kidnaps his rebellious niece. The unrelenting soldier does whatever is necessary to save his niece and stop a terrorist attack masterminded by the militia leader.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will handle worldwide distribution on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download. WWE will utilize its extensive global reach through its television, digital/social media and print assets to market the release of the film.
There you have it! WWE Superstar, and the most must-see WWE Champion in history–The Miz will be playing the Marine this time around! How do you feel about The Miz getting the role? Sign off below.