John Cena In Talks To Play Duke Nukem In A Movie

Duke Nukem was of his time, a cigar smoking, musclebound, girl-rescuing hero designed to mirror the the films stars of the time such as Schwarzenegger and Stallone. The most recent reboot for Duke was utter rubbish but that hasn’t stopped John Cena from entering talks to star as the knucklehead in a movie.

Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford hinted that a Duke movie might be in production at E3 2017, although this is not the first attempt to get him on the big screen, plans for a movie have been on and off for over twenty-five years. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company are behind the film so it’s bound to be a thoughtful character study rather than lots of things exploding for no reason.


If the movie is to go ahead it’s going to have a hard time bringing Duke up to date. He is famous for being a crude, porn-loving, sexist pig and that’s simply not going to work as a heroic character in a movie these days. However, if they neuter Duke and remove the drug use, strip clubs, and obscene language, then the fans will be upset.

Source: Variety

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News Editor, very inappropriate, probs fancies your dad.


  1. Despite John Cena looking exactly like Duke Nukam, this is probably the worst idea for a film ever.

    • you forgot to mention Silent Hill,Doom,Steet Fighter,Mortal Kombat,Mario Brothers….the list goes on and to films is such a bad genre..

      • Silent Hill (and sequel) are great films and I won’t have a word said about the Mortal Kombat film, it’s perfect!

  2. Just no!

  3. The only way I can see this working is if it brings self-awareness and plays Duke as a misogynist dinosaur at which everyone else rolls their eyes.

    Sadly I can’t see much mileage in that, especially not with Cena in the role and Bay directing. They aren’t exactly known for the range and subtlety that might make that work.

  4. WWE wouldn’t want wholesome hero Cena playing the Duke we know, but I could see them doing a sanitised version. It’s not like a game movie hasn’t massively deviated from the game before.

  5. I’ve only now just realised we aren’t talking about Michael Cena. I couldn’t work out why people were being so blase about him playing the Duke!

    • I think you’ve just stumbled upon the greatest idea ever there. Just imagine gravelly voiced film trailer man stating ‘MICHAEL CENA IS DUKE NUKEM’. Michael turns to the camera, and with a massive cigar hanging from his thin lips, mumbles ‘It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I’m all out of gum’.

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