“I love space, but…”: Dwayne Johnson’s favorite Avengers star turned down an outer space movie.

"I love space, but...": Dwayne Johnson's favorite Avengers star turned down an outer space movie

Dwayne Johnson and Chris Evans are set to star in the upcoming holiday film, Red One, which will be released on Amazon Prime Video.
Chris Evans passed on a space movie role for Red One, as he is now taking a break from intense roles for the time, which was the case in his previous films.
J.K. Simmons has joined the cast as Santa Claus in the film and the producer has teased an edge-of-the-seat Christmas adventure movie.
Dwayne Johnson is gearing up to bring Christmas to your home screens with his upcoming film, Red One, slated for release on Amazon Prime Video. Johnson will be joined by Captain America fame Chris Evans in the film. Evans recently revealed that he jumped at the opportunity to star in a holiday film, that too alongside the Red Notice actor. The Ghosted actor even sacrificed another big movie role to take on the role in this film.

"I love space, but...": Dwayne Johnson's favorite Avengers star turned down an outer space movie

Red One is directed by Jake Kasdan who worked with Johnson in earlier films like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and its sequel. The script is written by Chris Morgan of Fast & Furious fame, based on a story by producer Hiram Garcia.

Chris Evans Passed On A Space Movie Role For Dwayne Johnson Film

"I love space, but...": Dwayne Johnson's favorite Avengers star turned down an outer space movie

Chris Evans appeared on The View to discuss his upcoming holiday movie with Dwayne Johnson. Following his Avengers movies, Evans has starred in a number of films directly released on OTT platforms, including his most recent film, Pain Hustlers. When asked about his next direct-to-home release, Evans explained why he had to pass on other opportunities to star in Red One.

Evans, who recently tied the knot with Alba Baptista, shared that he immediately took on the role, preferring it over two other films. One of his rejected films was a space film, which could have been a huge project for the actor. However, the Knives Out actor revealed that he is taking a break from such intense roles for the time being. Evans looks forward to acting in this Christmas film, as he shared with The View:

“They just don’t come around very often. That’s kind of why I had to jump at it. Last year… there were two opportunities, one was a movie about space and one was Red One. I love space, but like I said, I’ve been doing this a while, and Christmas movies just don’t happen enough. I had to jump at it.”
In somewhat disappointing news for Marvel fans, Evans also mentioned that he currently has no plans to return to the MCU, despite the news that Marvel was discussing the possibility of bringing back the original Avengers team. However, the Fantastic Four actor also added that he misses the time spent donning the Cap suit.

What Is Dwayne Johnson and Chris Evans’ Upcoming Movie About?

"I love space, but...": Dwayne Johnson's favorite Avengers star turned down an outer space movie

Apart from Johnson and Evans, J.K. Simmons has also joined the cast as Santa Claus in the film. While no details beyond the cast have been officially revealed for the Christmas release, the producer of the film, Hiram Garcia, teased an edge-of-the-seat Christmas adventure film. According to Garcia’s interview with Deadline, the film promises to add a twist to holiday mythology. Garcia told Deadline:

“Red One is incredibly special to me and a story I’ve wanted to tell for years. An epic, edge-of-your-seat, action-adventure that takes beloved holiday mythology and turns it on its head. I’m thrilled to have our Seven Bucks team join forces with Amazon to bring this fun Holiday tale to life for a global audience.”

Dwayne Johnson has also provided some hints about what to expect from the film. On his Instagram page, Johnson wrote, “Think Jumanji meets Miracle on 34th Street meets Hobbs & Shaw with a dash of Harry Potter and sprinkled on top with my all-time favorite Christmas movie, It’s A Wonderful Life”. The film is set to hit theaters this Christmas, although a specific release date is yet to be announced.