LOS ANGELES—If you can smell what The Rock is cooking, you'll know that it's a two helpings of "Spy Hunter."
The wrestler-turned-actor will star in both the "Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run" video game out this fall as well as the big-screen adaptation of the game, set for a July 2007 release. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will become the first action star to step into the role of an original character for the video game and its film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Before actually making the movie, I was able to do the motion-capture and do the voice work for the game, and it gave me a small window of opportunity to become this character," says Johnson.
Film and game center on the adventures of U.S. secret agent Alex Decker, the former F-15 pilot who is hired by the International Espionage Services to be part of the Spy Hunter team.
"Spy Hunter," the 1980s arcade game by Midway Games, featured a spy riding around in a yellow car that eluded captors using special weapons such as oil slicks and gas, all to Henri Mancini's "Theme from Peter Gunn."
Production on the John Woo-directed film will begin later this year.
Johnson, 34, last starred as Sarge in another big-screen adaptation of a video game, "Doom." His other film credits include "The Scorpion King," "The Rundown," "Walking Tall" and "Be Cool." He's also completed director Richard Kelly's futuristic musical "Southland Tales" and the football drama "Gridiron Gang," both of which should be released this year.