Tanner Stransky
May 07, 2009 AT 01:55 PM EDT

Dwayne Johnson is near to finalizing a deal that would have him starring in action drama Faster, according to Variety. Johnson will play “an ex-con bent on avenging the death of his brother, murdered 10 years earlier when the two were double-crossed during a heist.” Phil Joanou — who previously directed Johnson in Gridiron Gang — is set to direct, and filming is expected to start in August.

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