Former WWE superstar Dave Bautista wants to be the guy who lands the role as Marcus Fenix for the Gears of War film adaptation.
The 50-year-old, who wrestled under the name Batista during his time in WWE, is actually desperate to play Fenix and says he's tried everything to make it happen.
Batista rose to fame as a wrestler but is no stranger to movies as acting is his main gig now. In fact, he claims to be completely done with wrestling. The six-time World Champion played Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. He also stars as Detective Victor Manning in recent release Stuber.
The wrestler-turned-actor is actually perfect for the Marcus Fenix role. He's got the body, the voice, and the attitude. But, apparently, Universal isn't sold.
Batista revealed his plight via Twitter, responding to a fan who urged Hollywood for a Gears movie with him starring.
"They’re listening. And they could give AF!" he wrote. "But thank you for the support. Believe me when I say I’ve tried everything to make this happen."
They’re listening. And they could give AF! 🙄.. but thank you for the support. Believe me when I say I’ve tried everything to make this happen. https://t.co/8THxKLkbdV— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 23, 2019
This isn't the first time Batista has laid bare his desire to become the iconic character.
“I’ve been pursuing Gears of War for years now,” he said during a Q&A session with GameSpot last year. “I believe it’s in the hands of Universal Studios. And I’ve been knocking on their door and badgering them and they are so sick of me phoning in and asking them where they are with that project. But, yes, Marcus Fenix is absolutely a dream role for me. I want that role.”
The movie has already been confirmed for production, with, Collide and xXx: Return of Xander Cage writer F. Scott Frazier getting hired to create the script for the adaptation of the Xbox game.
Gears of War 5, meanwhile, will release for Xbox One on September 10.