Apparently, it’s Dwayne Johnson Day here at Filmonic – and that’s fine by me. I’m a big fan of the charismatic actor, and hot on the tail of news that he’ll be playing Hercules for Brett Ratner comes a story from Deadline about the former wrestler joining yet another action film. (I’m so glad he’s done with that “Disney kid film” period of his career.) This new project is “an intense action thriller” called Ciudad, and we’ve got more info after the jump.
Ciudad is based on the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel that the Russo Brothers co-wrote with Ande Parks. Set in one of the most dangerous and corrupt cities in the world, the thriller will star Johnson as a black market mercenary hired by a Brazilian drug lord to rescue his kidnapped daughter.
The Russo Brothers mentioned above will be co-directing the movie, with the script being written only by Joe Russo. The brothers have worked on a lot of great television, including “Arrested Development,” “Happy Endings,” and “Community,” which returns to the small screen Thursday nights on NBC on March 15th. Joe also directed You, Me and Dupree back in 2006, so it’s been a while since these guys have handled a feature film and this will mark their first foray into action.
Aside from the fact that the synopsis sounds a bit conventional, I’m confident the Russo Brothers can pull it off – just watch the two-part paintball episode of “Community” for proof – and I’m truly excited about Johnson keeping his streak of action movies alive. That guy was born to be a movie star. Thoughts?