*Dwayne Johnson has signed on to star in “Ciudad,” an action thriller based on the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel by the film’s directors Joe and Anthony Russo, reports Deadline.com.
Set in one of the most dangerous and corrupt cities in the world, the film will star Johnson as a black market mercenary hired by a Brazilian drug lord to rescue his kidnapped daughter.
Since joining “Fast Five,” Johnson has become the face for two other pre-existing franchises; “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” which has grossed $270 million worldwide, and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” which opens in the summer.
As previously reported, Johnson is also in early talks to play the title role in MGM’s “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” which Brett Ratner will direct.
For the Russos — who have been working on the TV series “Community,” “Happy Endings” and “Arrested Development” – Ciudad is their first feature since 2006′s “You, Me And Dupree.” Ciudad is their first foray into hard-core action.