Dave Bautista isn’t the first professional wrestler to pursue a career in Hollywood, but he is among the most successful. The former WWE superstar got his big break when he landed the role of a lifetime as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies. And he’s accumulated a pretty impressive bunch of film credits ever since.
Dave Bautista’s most recent movie success includes a starring role in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. The movie garnered 72 million viewers over its first four weeks on Netflix, while earning US$1 million at the box office. With a couple movies in post-production, the action star is in search of a new project and thinks he’d be a great addition to the Star Trek franchise.
During a friendly exchange with fans on social media, Dave Bautista responded to a fan who said he’d love to see Bautista add Star Trek to his incredibly diverse list of movie credits. The actor loved the idea and replied enthusiastically, saying he was “born to be a Klingon.” The former wrestler would definitely be an interesting addition to the Star Trek franchise and might even bring in a few new fans.
This isn’t the first time the Marvel star has taken note of acting suggestions on Twitter. In a different exchange back in February, a fan said they’d love to see a “buddy-cop” type movie starring Dave Bautista and WWE alum John Cena. But this time he shut the idea down with a very simple response.
Interestingly, Dave Bautista and John Cena came very close to starring in a movie together. James Gunn originally had a role for Bautista in The Suicide Squad, but he had to turn it down to star in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. John Cena was later cast as the Peacemaker, so if Bautista had signed on for the project fans could have seen them appear in the same movie.
Meanwhile, Dave Bautista will portray Glossu Rabban in Denis Villeneuve directed sci-fi film Dune. The movie is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, which will cover roughly the first half of the book. Dune will premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, followed by a 3D theatrical release in the United States on October 22nd.
Dave Bautista will also be reprising his role as Drax the Destroyer for an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next Asgardian offering Thor: Love and Thunder. He will also return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 with James Gunn writing and directing the project. Additionally, Drax and the other Guardians of the Galaxy characters will be featured in a holiday special created by Gunn for HBO Max.
John Cena will return as Peacemaker for a Suicide Squad spinoff series which is also being developed by James Gunn for HBO Max. The series will debut on HBO Max in early 2022.