Dwayne Johnson books "Protection"

Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:41pm EDT

Cast member Dwayne Johnson poses during the Spanish premiere of the film ''Race to Witch Mountain'' in Madrid April 2, 2009. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Cast member Dwayne Johnson poses during the Spanish premiere of the film ''Race to Witch Mountain'' in Madrid April 2, 2009.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Dwayne Johnson will star in the action thriller "Protection."

The screenplay, written by Brandon Noonan, follows a Mexico City security operative who is forced to smuggle the daughter of a high-ranking judge across the border while being pursued by corrupt cops, drug lords and white-collar U.S. criminal forces.

Simon West ("When a Stranger Calls") is directing the movie, which is scheduled to start filming in New Mexico in the fall.

Johnson's most recent films were "Tooth Fairy" and "Race to Witch Mountain," and he has an uncredited cameo in "Why Did I Get Married Too?" He'll next appear in the comedy "The Other Guys" in August and the CBS Films action feature "Faster," set for release in November.

West's directing credits include "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "The General's Daughter" and "Con Air."

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