Global superstar DWAYNE JOHNSON leads the cast of Legendary's Skyscraper as
former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer, who now
assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest,
safest building in the world, The Pearl, suddenly ablaze-and he's been framed
for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his
name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building...above
the fire line.
Written and directed by RAWSON MARSHALL THURBER (Central Intelligence, We're the
Millers), Skyscraper co-stars NEVE CAMPBELL (Netflix's House of Cards) as Dr.
Sarah Sawyer, a talented Naval surgeon who once saved Will's life after a deadly
encounter, and is now married to him; CHIN HAN (The Dark Knight) as Zhao Long Ji,
the dashing billionaire visionary who conceptualized The Pearl; ROLAND MOLLER
(Land of Mine) as the deadly, revenge-driven Kores Botha; and NOAH TAYLOR (HBO's
Game of Thrones) as Mr. Pierce, condescending insurance broker and keeper of
The film also stars newcomers MCKENNA ROBERTS and NOAH COTTRELL as Georgia and
Henry, Will and Sarah's twins, while the global cast is rounded out by BYRON
MANN (TV's Arrow, Rush Hour) as Inspector Wu, top Hong Kong police officer;
PABLO SCHREIBER (STARZ's American Gods, 13 Hours) as Ben, Will's fellow former
team member who helps him secure the contract; HANNAH QUINLIVAN (Moon River) as
Xia, the deadliest assassin in the Far East; and ADRIAN HOLMES (TV's Arrow) as
Ajani Okeke, head of Zhao's personal-security detail.
Directing from his original screenplay, Thurber steers the 3D summer-tent-pole
action-thriller alongside producers BEAU FLYNN (Rampage, San Andreas), Johnson,
Thurber and HIRAM GARCIA (Rampage, San Andreas, Jumanji).
Thurber's talented creative team includes Academy Award-winning cinematographer
ROBERT ELSWIT (There Will Be Blood, Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation),
production designer JIM BISSELL (Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, Good Night,
and Good Luck.), editors MIKE SALE (Bridesmaids, Central Intelligence) and
JULIAN CLARKE (Deadpool, District 9), costume designer ANN FOLEY (Marvel's
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Star Trek Into Darkness), music supervisors PETER
AFTERMAN (Kong: Skull Island) and MARGARET YEN (Kong: Skull Island), and
composer STEVE JABLONSKY (Transformers series, Deepwater Horizon).
Skyscraper's executive producers are DANY GARCIA (Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to
the Jungle), WENDY JACOBSON (Rampage, San Andreas), ERIC MCLEOD (Kong: Skull
Island, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) and ERIC HEDAYAT (The Great Wall,
The film is released worldwide by Universal Pictures.
The Dragon and the Pearl:
A Fabled Inspiration
"Once upon a time there was a poor boy who lived in a very poor village. The
land was as dry as anyone could remember, and every day the boy had to search
farther and farther for grass to feed the livestock that sustained the boy and
his mother. One day, as he was digging in the fields, the boy discovered a
beautiful pearl. He put the pearl in a jar of rice for safekeeping, and the next
morning the jar was overflowing. The magical pearl soon brought the village
prosperity, and its people no longer hungered.
"Word of the pearl's magic spread far and wide, and soon evil men came to the
village, intent on taking the pearl for themselves. The little boy swallowed the
pearl, and when he did he was transformed into a ferocious dragon. The skies
opened, filling the river. The dragon disappeared into the water, from where he
continues to guard the village and its people until the end of time." (Awaiting
source credit from unit publicist)
-"The Dragon Pearl"
Will Sawyer & The Pearl:
Adrenaline Meets Engineering
An American husband and wife and their two young children are happily playing
together in a vast park of ornamental trees and a cascading waterfall. But pull
back a bit from this paradise and you will discover that this is no ordinary
park. This haven of tranquility is actually a 30-story vertical wonder in the
middle of an even greater wonder: The Pearl, the world's tallest skyscraper. At
225 stories and more than 3,500 feet high, it towers on the edge of the Kowloon
side of Hong Kong's famed Victoria Harbour, a beacon of prosperity and
Large enough to fit nearly three Empire State Buildings within its frame, and
still this is an undoubted engineering masterpiece. Its sinuous frame splits at
its peak into magnificent jaws that support an enormous luminous sphere, giving
the building its infamous moniker. Inspired by the ancient Chinese fable The
Dragon Pearl, this marvelous creature promises all who dwell within shall remain
safe and secure.
Complete with a five-star hotel, three full-sized gyms, two 16-screen cinemas, a
driving range, concert hall, six-story shopping mall, a Michelin three-star
restaurant, the 30-story Jade Park, and more than 100 floors of luxury
residential suites, The Pearl is a vertical city unto itself. The brainchild of
Chinese software developer Zhao Long Ji, it is also the first building of its
size in the world to achieve a negative carbon footprint, relying on
cutting-edge solar and wind technology to accomplish this amazing feat of
sustainability. It even grows its own food.
"The Pearl is a character within our film," says producer Hiram Garcia. "In
cities like Hong Kong where the population is so large, there's often no longer
room to build out; you can only build up. Setting our story in the tallest
building in the world very much represents the reality of what's going on now.
Still, The Pearl is almost three times the size of the Empire State Building.
It's one of those things that begs the question, 'Just because we can do it,
should we do it?' There's an aspect of the Titanic to this. It's a marvel of
technology, but with that comes so many risks-as Will and his family soon
The Pearl's residential upper half will soon open to Hong Kong's most successful
citizens, but before this can happen Zhao must achieve another modern marvel:
securing the most expensive insurance policy ever underwritten for a mixed-use
building. The process requires an independent risk assessment to determine the
structure's safety and security limitations-if one can call them that-built to
withstand any catastrophe.
The Pearl incorporates a state-of-the-art fire suppression system that will
assuredly contain any flames within their originating floor, multiple redundant
safety and security systems, as well as an offsite control facility to ensure
emergency access and management...and even elevators that operate with
electromagnetic induction technology instead of cables. Nevertheless, the
technology must be proven effective and hacker-proof.
Enter Will Sawyer.
We first meet Will 10 years earlier, the lead member of an elite division of the
FBI Hostage Rescue Team-in the middle of a tense standoff with a troubled man
who is holding his family hostage in a cabin. When negotiations fail, Will's
team is sent in. The rescue goes sideways, and Will loses the hostages, most of
his team-and his left leg below the knee.
Recovering in the hospital, his body and career in tatters, Will meets the
beautiful and talented naval surgeon, Sarah, who saved his life. He and Sarah
marry and build a happy life together. A decade later and Will and Sarah are
devoted parents to eight-year-old twins Georgia and Henry, a tag team who are at
once bosom buddies and rivals for their parents' affections.
Despite the passage of time, some wounds refuse to heal. The powerful Will is
forever a changed man, the loss of his leg a constant reminder of the most
fateful night of his life. He's traded in his weapons for a desk job, and left
the military to become a private contractor, where he advises the corporate
sector on security.
Despite the gains of marriage and family, Will still feels haunted by the past
tragedy. As he confesses to a friend, "After what happened, I put my sword down.
I laid it down, and I don't plan on ever picking it up again. Funny thing is,
without that bad luck I never would've met Sarah, never would've had my kids. I
love them with all my heart, but there's something broken inside me. I can feel
it. It haunts me. Sometimes I don't feel like I deserve them-like I haven't
earned the right to have them in my life."
When Will's former colleague Ben-a fellow survivor of that horrible standoff in
the woods, who has also joined the private sector and is The Pearl's head of
security-gives him the second chance of his life with a recommendation to Zhao
Long Ji, Will prepares for months. But the recommendation is only that, and Will
must prove his mettle in a high-stakes meeting with Zhao, his security detail,
and The Pearl's intended insurers.
Little does he know that this meeting will set in motion the most dramatic
events of his life, and hold his family's fate in the balance. Forced to rely on
his training under the most extreme circumstances, and with his loved ones
caught in the middle, Will faces unimaginable obstacles-both to clear his name,
and to save the lives of those he holds closest...one mile above the ground.
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