Dave Bautista is in talks to star in 'Fantasy Island'.

Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista

The 49-year-old actor is said to be in negotiations to join the cast of the motion picture - a movie version of the classic 70s and 80s TV series, which starred Ricardo Montalbán - alongside Michael Pena.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bautista is being lined up to play a guest on the island where the mysterious Mr. Roarke grants attendees' fantasies at a price.

But the 'Final Score' star's potential alter-ego will aim to expose Roarke, who will be played by Pena, and the island's magical secrets.

Jeff Wadlow is to direct the film and he is also writing the script alongside Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs.

The upcoming movie has been described as a mix of 'Westworld' and 'The Cabin in the Woods'.

The original TV series - which aired from 1977 to 1984 - featured numerous dark themes.

It could be a busy time for Bautista, who admitted this week he is keen to join the cast of 'Suicide Squad 2' if his 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn is at the helm.

Bautista has been outspoken in defence of the franchise's helmer, who was sacked by Disney ahead of the third movie over controversial past tweet.

Responding to reports that Gunn is in talks to write and potentially even direct at sequel to the 2016 blockbuster - which starred the likes of Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto - he tweeted: "Where do I sign up! (sic)"

It comes after Bautista repeatedly insisted he wouldn't want to return to the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' film series if Gunn's script wasn't used for the upcoming sequel.

He said: "James is one of the kindest, most decent people I've met. He's already turned the script for 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' and where I'm at right now is that if [Marvel] don't use that script then I'm going to ask them to release me from my contract - cut me out or recast me because I'd be doing James a disservice if I didn't."

tagged in