Now this is something we totally didn’t see coming. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has declared that he’s starring in a Siri-themed movie (The Rock x Siri) that releases on July 24th on Apple’s YouTube channel (Yes, Today!). He didn’t give any details (other than that it’s the “coolest, sexiest, funnest” movie ever), but it’s safe to say there will be some plugs for Apple’s voice assistant. We’ve asked Apple if it can elaborate on the premise.
It’s not difficult to see why Apple would go to the lengths of crafting a movie with an A-list celeb (even if it’s ultimately a glorified commercial). Siri is about to become specifically significant to Apple’s bottom line thanks to the HomePod, and a high-profile video might boost the AI helper’s image as it competes with the likes of Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.
Update: It’s live now. The gist: Johnson takes it upon himself to one-up… himself, using Siri to travel around the world (and above it) accomplishing feats. Yes, it’s eventually a long-form ad, but there have definitely been worse vehicles for The Rock’s talents.