Dave Bautista has reaffirmed his desire to play Marcus Fenix in Netflix’s Gears of War movie. Gears of War is a video game series by The Coalition, first released in 2006. The series follows Marcus Fenix, a soldier tasked with spearheading a last-ditch effort to wipe out the Locust Horde and restore humanity. A few days ago, it was reported that Netflix and The Coalition would work together to create a live-action Gears of War film adaptation. There has been no announcement of casting. However, there is a clear frontrunner for the lead COG soldier.
After hearing that Netflix was making a Gears of War movie, actor Dave Bautista relaunched his campaign to play Marcus Fenix on Twitter. The former WWE star turned actor re-expressed his desire to portray the role of the soldier. He posted an old promo of him donning the COG armor and captioning it, “I can’t make this any easier.” Moreover, Gears of War developer Cliff Bleszinski has publicly backed the former wrestler’s casting as Marcus Fenix.
Why Bautista Should Play Marcus Fenix in Netflix’s Gears of War Movie
Bautista has been campaigning for years for a part in a Gears of War movie, and he has received a lot of fan support. The video he posted was actually a trailer for a Gears of War 5 downloadable content pack that put players in the role of a resurrected Marcus Fenix modeled after Bautista. Fans’ calls for a movie starring Bautista inspired the special skin. While Netflix is developing a live-action adaptation, that movie may soon become a reality.
If the promotional video wasn’t enough to convince you, Bautista would be a great choice to play Marcus Fenix in Netflix’s live-action Gears of War movie. Bautista was made to play the rough, harsh, and gruff COG soldier. Numerous of his previous performances hint at his skill in taking on a role like this. To add, Bautista has been lobbying for this role in Gears of War for a very long time, so it’s evident that this is a project that truly means a lot to him. Bautista’s greatest series, Guardians of the Galaxy and Dune, may be coming to a close next year, opening the way for him to take on Gears of War.
Only if Bautista is willing to make a long-term commitment to the character of Marcus Fenix can we consider him for the part. After years of being tied down and pressured to keep in great shape for his role as Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy, Bautista grew weary of the role. However, the 53-year-old actor may continue in similar roles if Netflix’s aspirations for a Gears of War franchise come true. Bautista will next be seen in the Netflix original Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which premieres the following month.