March 23, 2011 / 8:25 PM / in 7 years

The Rock in talks for "Snitch" action thriller

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in negotiations to star in “Snitch,” an action thriller that Ric Roman Waugh is writing and directing for Exclusive Media.

Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, June 6, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

The project has been long in development and at one point was set up at New Line with Carl Franklin directing.

The script centers on a suburban father who is hit hard when his teenage son is sentenced to 30 years under mandatory minimum drug laws. In order to reduce his son’s sentence, the father goes undercover to help nab a senior drug dealer. The story is based on a “Frontline” documentary.

Waugh has shown his gritty mettle writing and directing the gritty crime drama “Felon,” which starred Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff.

Johnson, who oscillates between family movies and hard-edged action films, is in his battle mode. He last starred in CBS Films’ “Faster” and will next be seen alongside Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in “Fast Five,” Universal’s fifth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise.

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