Gears of War screenwriter likes The Rock for Marcus Fenix

The Gears of War movie is right around the corner. Screenwriter Chris Morgan says that things are actually in the budgeting phase now. And since they’re already thinking about money, this would probably be a good time to decide who will be playing the lead role of Marcus Fenix.

“Normally when I write, I think about the actor I’m writing for, but this one’s been difficult,” Morgan told MTV Movie Blog

I’m with him. My mind doesn’t jump to an obvious choice either. Morgan mentions that the struggle is finding a “big guy who can play it stoic the whole time” and can also be an emotional character. He says that they need “a really f’ing good actor to pull off being a silent tough guy and put some humanity into it.”

So who came to mind? The Rock

“The Rock is awesome,” Morgan said. “There’s a genuine actor. Not only can he play the tough guy, but he can also play the nuanced, sensitive funny sad moments as well. But finding that guy is incredibly difficult.”

I…I could actually see that! Dwayne Johnson may not be as big as the in-game Marcus Fenix, but really, who is? The in-game models are just unnatural. Size isn’t everything, though.

Morgan: “I don’t think they’re looking so much for size, but a guy you believe can throw a punch, and a guy you believe is stoic, locked in his own head, and can show emotion without telegraphing it.”

My mind goes wild with picks for the rest of the cast — they’re easy. I’m still wrapping my head around The Rock as Fenix, but it’s starting to make sense. What do you think about Johnson as the lead? And who else would you pick for the rest of the cast?

Dale North