Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena is in talks to star in a Duke Nukem film, according to movie industry publication The Hollywood Reporter.

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This is Duke Nukem.

The Duke Nukem film is apparently set up at Paramount, which bought the movie rights from video game developer Gearbox. Platinum Dunes, a company co-run by Transformers head honcho Michael Bay, is set to produce.

There's no director nor a writer, but the idea is this Duke Nukem movie is a "starring vehicle" for Cena - if it ever comes out.

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And this is John Cena.

Duke Nukem the video game character is in something of a dormant state. The musclebound, cigar-chomping politically incorrect space marine appears to have been consigned to history, a relic of a bygone era. The last time he appeared in a mainline Duke Nukem game was back in 2011 with the release of 3/10 shooter Duke Nukem Forever. Our reviewer Dan Whitehead called it a "gruesomely mangled resurrection". No-one tell John Cena.

Since then, poor Duke has been restricted to cameo appearances in other games, such as Choplifter HD and Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, and the 2016 re-release of Duke Nukem 3D to coincide with its 20th anniversary.

If the film somehow manages to get off the ground, perhaps Duke will get his own movie tie-in game. Wouldn't that be nice?

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