Director McG has refuted a report by Production Weekly that Dwayne Johnson was cast as the lead in the upcoming remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo. The Terminator Salvation director told SCI FI Wire that he has never spoken to Johnson about the role and doesn’t know where the news is coming from:
SCI FI Wire: What makes Dwayne Johnson right as your leading man?
McG: He’s not. I don’t know where that came from. I’ve never spoken to Dwayne Johnson. You can be the first to report that I have no idea where that came from. I wish him every success, but I never spoke to Dwayne about this.
SCI FI Wire: So do you have a leading man, then?
McG: I do not. I’m out to Will Smith.
SCI FI Wire: Well, everyone is running with that Dwayne Johnson story—
McG: I’ve never spoken to Dwayne Johnson about this. I like him. He’s great. He’s a wonderful human being and an excellent screen presence, but we have not spoken about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Not a word.