Here we go again, time to announce which famous stars get their own celestial tribute on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and boy do we have some big names for you! This year, there are 34 names to be inducted in concrete, but it is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who is undoubtedly going to be stealing the headlines!
Johnson will be immortalized on Hollywood Boulevard next year in a ceremony that even the Scorpion King could only dream of. The 44-year-old wrestler turned actor is seemingly shedding his Tooth Fairy days and returning to his Fast & Furious greatness (for more on his film history so far, head over here). There are of course other names to be inducted, including Ryan Reynolds, Amy Adams and Goldie Hawn — but c'mon, The Rock!
Walk of Fame Selection Committee chair Vin Di Bona told their website:
As a Walk of Famer myself, I know these honorees will look back at the day of their ceremony and remember it with fond memories shared with family and friends, and of course, the fans. We look forward to their big day as the Walk of Fame Class of 2017 become part of Hollywood history on this famous Walk.
You can read the full list here, but in the meantime let's look at some of the other shining stars!
George A. Romero
Sorry Robert Kirkman, Romero is the undisputed daddy of the zombie genre. Starting with Night of the Living Dead in 1968, Romero has gone on to give us other gore-fests like Creepshow, the original Crazies and Dawn of the Dead.
A posthumous nomination sees the Grammy winning, bilingual superstar receive a star 21 years after her death. Already honored in the biopic Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez, Quintanilla was tragically killed at 23 by the founder of her first fan club.
Just a year after her hubby was inducted, Mrs. Kurt Russell too finds her place on the Hollywood Boulevard. Known for her feisty roles in the likes of Death Becomes Her and The First Wives Club, Hawn rightfully earns her place as a cult icon!
In between guarding the galaxy and wrestling velociraptors, Pratt has to find time to put his paws in the cement. Undergoing somewhat of a body transformation, Pratt is unrecognizable from his *erm* chunkier days on Parks and Rec. Next year, he will once again play Star-Lord in Marvel's big hitter Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Alongside Johnson as the outsider choice, O'Shea Jackson's time with groups like C.I.A. and N.W.A., in addition to a lucrative solo career, have earned him a place this year. Not only a rap artist, Ice Cube has appeared in the likes of Boyz 'n the Hood, Ride Along and 21 Jump Street.
Deadpool — 'nuff said really. Reynolds is hot Hollywood property at the moment and (forgetting Green Lantern) has had a pretty good film score. Moving from rom-coms to the superhero genre, everyone is gearing up for Deadpool 2. He should be on the Walk of Fame just for giving us all #relationshipgoals.
Rounding off the superhero roster, Lois Lane gets her place on the Walk of Fame. The real-life Jessica Rabbit was named one of TIME's most influential women back in 2014 and has starred in films like Julie & Julia, American Hustle and Enchanted. After becoming one of the famous stars, Adams will return to the Daily Planet for the upcoming Justice League outing.
Back to the matter at hand though, Johnson's rise to stardom started in his days as Rocky Maivia with the World Wrestling Federation from 1996–2004. He may have returned part-time from 2011–2013, but these days Johnson focuses more on his film career — and you can check out six of his upcoming projects over here. In 2002 he was paid a world record for a first acting role, receiving $5.5 million for his part in The Scorpion King and obviously got a taste for the theater. He's since locked down some pretty huge roles, including, of course, in the Fast and Furious franchise. His next project will see him playing a demigod in Moana, Disney's first film to star a Polynesian princess. If you haven't already, check out the trailer below!
The Rock Says... is Johnson's best-selling autobiography and he was ranked No. 25 in Forbes's Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities in 2013 list. Pretty big work for a pretty big guy. Dwayne Johnson, welcome to the class of 2017. We salute you!