Defense Intelligence Agency Officer is Very Happy The Rock Is Set to Star in His Demon-Slaying Movie


SEAL Team 666

St. Martin’s Press

DwayneThe RockJohnson is attached to star in the MGM film project SEAL Team 666, based on the novel of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Rock is also set to executive-produce the film, which is about Navy SEALs who vanquish demons and other world-ending supernatural forces. Anyone who knows anything about The Rock will not be surprised to learn he’s attached to star in this. And SEAL Team 666 author Weston Ochse—a fantasy-action writer who is also an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency—is pleased with the casting decision.

“The Rock is a great, great actor to portray the lead,” Ochse tells Mother Jones. “I’ve probably seen every movie he’s ever made. I saw Pain & Gain a couple weeks ago…He was the best actor in the movie, I thought.”

Ochse has been a staff officer for the DIA for nearly a decade, and recently returned from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, where he taught military intelligence techniques at International Security Assistance Force headquarters. He says his friends at the DIA support his literary moonlighting. “My writing, this isn’t War and Peace,” he says. “It’s escapist fiction.”

Prior to his time at the agency, Ochse spent 20 years in the US Army, and was involved in special operations. “It really got me into a lot of countries,” he says. “I’ve been in more than 50 countries. I’ve been able to see different people, breathe foreign air…[My time in special ops] really fulfilled me as a person.”

Nowadays, Ochse, who lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona, is devoting his spare time to penning more novels, including a third entry in the SEAL Team 666 series. (His top writing influences are P. F. Kluge, Richard Adams, Richard Ford, Ernest Hemingway, and Quentin Tarantino.) The upcoming film (which does not have a director at this time) was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos; Ochse has yet to be creatively involved with the production. “If they want me to help, I’d love to,” he says.

FACT:

Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn't fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation today so we can keep on doing the type of journalism 2019 demands.

We Recommend

Latest

Give a Year of the Truth

at our special holiday rate

just $12

Order Now

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.