Dwayne Johnson And Emily Blunt Will Have Super-Powered Marital Troubles In ‘Ball And Chain’

The delay of Disney’s Jungle Cruise is forcing us to wait longer to finally see the superheroic duo of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in action. Fortunately, they’ll be reuniting pretty quickly on an entirely different movie, one that actually places them in the role of superheroes.

THR reports Johnson and Blunt will play married superheroes in Ball and Chain, from a script by Emily V. Gordon, Oscar-nominated writer of The Big Sick. The premise is pretty cool, too, as it centers on a superhero couple who experience marital issues, which is a problem because their powers only work in tandem.

The film is an adaptation of the comic by former X-Men scribe Scott Lobdell, and is being described as the superhero version of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as married assassins. A director for the movie has yet to be named.

It’s somewhat amazing that neither Johnson or Blunt has played a superhero yet. Johnson has the long-delayed Black Adam coming up next year (?), making him a part of the DCEU. Blunt came close, as she was a finalist for the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, which went to Scarlett Johansson, of course.

This is still pretty early on, but it looks as if Ball and Chain will head to Netflix, which makes sense considering Johnson’s next film, Red Notice, is already there.



Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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