Why The Rock is on a roll

Story highlights

  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has at least a dozen new projects in the works
  • His movies collectively have grossed almost $5.8 billion worldwide

(CNN)Forget James Brown. The Rock is the new Hardest Working Man in Show Business.

That's wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson -- and if you thought he was everywhere in 2015, just wait.
The chiseled celeb has at least a dozen new projects in the works, from action flicks and buddy comedies to an animated Disney movie and an HBO documentary. On Tuesday he announced his latest producing venture, a car-centric cop show for Fox called "Boost Unit."
    With his biracial background, bulging biceps and can-do charisma, Johnson may be the perfect star for an increasingly international moviegoing audience that often prefers spectacle to subtlety.
    At the box office, he is Hollywood's new Rock of Gibraltar -- his movies collectively have grossed almost $5.8 billion worldwide -- and everyone wants a piece.
    Last year alone The Rock presented an award at the Oscars, hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the fourth time, headlined the blockbusters "Furious 7" and "San Andreas," anchored the HBO show "Ballers," hosted the TNT reality show "Wake Up Call," tag-teamed with Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 31 and immortalized his handprints in cement outside Hollywood's famed Chinese Theatre.
    Oh, and he and longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian became parents to a daughter in December.
    When does he find time to work out?
    The Rock may be even busier in 2016. Here's a fast and furious rundown of his upcoming projects.

    WrestleMania 32 (April)

    The annual pro wrestling extravaganza, produced by WWE, takes place April 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. No word yet on The Rock's planned ring escapades.

    'Rock and a Hard Place' (May)

    Johnson will produce and appear in this documentary special for HBO about a youth-prison boot camp in Miami. Inspired by his own brushes with the law as a youth, the documentary will chronicle the prison's six-month program in which drill sergeants push inmates to their limit while encouraging them to learn from their past mistakes

    'Central Intelligence' (June)

    His Rockness pairs with Kevin Hart for this movie comedy in which a geek-turned-CIA agent returns home for his high school reunion and pranks the former "big man on campus" (Hart) by enlisting him for a fake case that turns dangerously real.

    'Rock the Troops' (November)

    Johnson has partnered with Spike TV for this original variety-show special to air on Veterans Day. The Rock will join other celebrities to entertain U.S. troops serving at an overseas military base.

    'Moana' (November)

    The Rock voices a demigod named Maui in this animated Disney film about a Polynesian teen who sets sail in search of a fabled island. The music is by Lin-Manuel Miranda, now earning raves for the Broadway smash "Hamilton."

    'Ballers' Season 2 (no release date announced)

    Johnson returns to this popular HBO comedy series as Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL player who mentors current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football.

    'Boost Unit' (no release date announced)

    An equal-opportunity TV producer, The Rock will develop this car-focused cop show for Fox. It's based on a real LAPD unit that focuses specifically on vehicle crimes, so you can bet on lots of car chases, "Fast & Furious" style.

    'Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon' (2016)

    This sequel to "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" reunites Johnson with co-star Josh Hutcherson for a fantastical trip through space.

    'Baywatch' (2017)

    Sports Illustrated bikini model Kelly Rohrbach just joined the cast of this movie remake of the cheese-tastic '90s lifeguard TV series, joining Johnson and Zac Efron.

    'Fast & Furious 8' (2017)

    The Rock is expected to rejoin Vin Diesel and other crew members for the latest chapter in this blockbuster action franchise.

    'Rampage' (2017)

    Johnson will headline this live action feature based on the classic '80s Midway arcade game in which players must defeat giant monsters that wreak havoc on major cities across North America.

    'Shazam!' (2018?)

    The Rock has been attached to DC Comics' "Shazam" for years. But instead of playing the titular wizard, he'll play Black Adam, the villain. It's a rare role reversal for someone who almost always plays the good guy.

    'Jungle Cruise' (2018?)

    This Disney movie, based on the popular Disneyland ride, is in the early development stages and not many details are known. We're guessing it would pit The Rock against crocodiles, piranhas and other tropical river beasties.