By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
We are still in the conquering and heroism construct in the film industry and this time, it is Dwayne Johnson saving the world in his new film, Rampage.
Popularly called ‘The Rock’, Johnson plays the role of a Nigerian man named Davis Okoye, a primatologist who saves the world from animals turned giant monsters.
Directed by Brad Peyton — the man behind 2015’s San Andreas — Rampage follows Davis Okoye, who must team up with George, a gorilla-turned-raging-creature following a rogue experiment, in order to stop an invasion of giant monsters.
The Rock shared his inspiration behind the name of the Nigerian character via a tweet, saying: “Since my character was adopted by a Nigerian family, I wanted his last name to pay homage to one of my all time [favourite] NFL football players — The “Nigerian Nightmare”, Christian Okoye.”
The year keeps getting better for Africans, with the increase in representation in Hollywood. From Black Panther to Pacific Rim: Uprising, and now Rampage, we hope these are signs of greater things to come.
And hopefully, we can get to a point where black people saving the world becomes more than just a surface representation and does not really have to involve animals.
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