Exclusive: The Rock Teaming With Margot Robbie In Sci-Fi Adventure Starlight, Plot Revealed

By Michileen Martin | Updated

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Black Adam and Harley Quinn may never team up on the big screen, but that doesn’t mean the actors can’t. Our trusted and proven sources tell us Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Barbie star Margot Robbie have both signed up for the sci-fi adventure flick Starlight. The space romp comes from 20th Century Studios, and Ridley Scott is in talks to helm the film.

According to the film’s logline, The Rock will play Captain Alex Vega. Vega leads an interstellar crew on a daring mission to explore the far reaches of the cosmos, encountering wonders and dangers beyond imagination. Leaving behind for now the more heroic role of Barbie, Margot Robbie will play the villain Isabella.

We’ve exclusively learned Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Margot Robbie have signed on to 20th Century Studios’ sci-fi adventure film Starlight.

Starlight should represent a number of firsts for both The Rock and Robbie. On one hand, neither are strangers to science fiction. Robbie has her DC movie roles while Johnson has been in sci-fi films ranging from video game adaptations like Doom and Rampage, and even Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in which Idris Elba starred as a cybernetically enhanced villain.

On the other hand, neither have tackled a lead role in this kind of space-faring adventure film before.

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Dwayne Johnson in Star Trek: Voyager‘s “Tsunkatse”

Though strangely enough, one of Dwayne Johnson’s earliest acting roles outside wrestling was part of such a space-faring franchise. The Rock guest starred in the Season 6 Star Trek: Voyager episode “Tsunkatse” as an alien gladiator who fights and defeats Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine.

Leaving behind for now the more heroic role of Barbie, Margot Robbie will play the villain Isabella.

Starlight will also represent the first screen collaboration between The Rock and Margot Robbie. There was a time when it seemed possible their respective DC characters might meet on the big screen, but both the box office failure of last year’s Black Adam and the reboot of that cinematic universe seemingly dashed any of those hopes.

While Johnson technically could return to the big screen as Teth Adam, between the money lost on Black Adam and the public drama that revolved around The Rock, Henry Cavill, and DC Studios in the wake of the film’s failure, it doesn’t seem very likely.

Ridley Scott And Starlight

Perhaps the most surprising news our sources provided about Starlight is that The Rock might very well be directed by the Oscar-nominated Ridley Scott. With Scott’s work including Blade Runner, the Alien movie series, The Martian, and Raised by Wolves, he’s well-acquainted with science fiction. But his sci-fi offerings tend to be on the darker and more cerebral side of the genre and very much not what we expect to find Dwayne Johnson in.

We should note that our sources tell us Scott so far is in talks to direct the film, but has yet to confirm his involvement.

As soon as we know more about the upcoming Starlight, including whether or not Scott signs on to direct The Rock and Margot Robbie, we’ll make sure you know.