The combination of words “Dwayne Johnson thriller” and “Susan Sarandon” isn’t exactly something we would have expected, but the actress has never been one that is easily pinned down. She’s a player with The Lonely Island crew, will appear in “I Hate You Dad” with Adam Sandler next summer, and is currently filming “Cloud Atlas” with The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. So, starring in “Snitch“? Piece of cake.
THR reports that the actress has boarded the developing thriller for The Rock and it’s some interesting material. Written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh (”Felon”), the project, which has been knocking around for a little while (Carl Franklin was attached to direct when it was over at New Line), centers on a suburban dad whose son is sentenced to thirty years in prison thanks to draconian minimum drug sentencing laws. In order to get his son out earlier, he decides to go undercover and help bust a major drug dealer. Oh, does that sound inconceivable and kind of ridiculous to you? How about this: it’s based on a true story that became the subject of a “Frontline” documentary. Oh, face.
Since the film was first reported on this spring, Justin Haythe (“Revolutionary Road,” “The Lone Ranger“) has given the script a once over and the character of the ambitious U.S. attorney looking to advance her career with a drug bust has been retooled for Sarandon. So, The Rock teaming up with Sarandon to bring down drug dealers? Uh, yes please.
No exact word on when this will roll but we presume shooting will commence when Johnson is done with “G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.”