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Dwayne Johnson offers “Protection” to Simon West

Finally, Dwayne Johnson is putting kiddie comedies like “Tooth Fairy” on the shelf and getting back to the action genre. The actor has signed up for the action thriller “Protection,” according to IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford. “Protection” will be directed by Simon West (“Con Air”) and is scheduled to lens in New Mexico this fall. The screenplay was written by Brandon Noonan.

In the film, Johnson will play ‘Hombre,’ a mercenary Mexico City security operative forced to smuggle the daughter of an under-threat, high ranking judge and the judge’s chief legal counsel across the border while being pursued by corrupt cops, drug lords and white collar U.S. criminal forces.

“Dwayne is poised to consolidate his position as one of the planet’s top action stars over the next few years,” Ford said. “Meanwhile Simon is a proven commodity when it comes to studio level action pics. Add to that a pulsating storyline which is very much grounded in current events and I think we have a potential smash hit movie.”

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