September 27, 2011 10:21am PT by Borys Kit
Susan Sarandon Joining Dwayne Johnson for 'Snitch' (Exclusive)
Susan Sarandon is in negotiations to join Dwayne Johnson in Snitch, the action thriller which Ric Roman Waugh is writing and directing for Exclusive Media, Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi.
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 serve up a senior drug dealer. The story is based on a Frontline documentary.
In a part that was reconfigured from male to female, Sarandon will play an ambitious U.S. attorney who believes that a drug bust can help her political career.
Waugh rewrote the script by Justin Haythe. The project has been long in development and at one point was set up at New Line with Carl Franklin directing one iteration.
Nigel Sinclair, Guy East and Alex Brunner are producing. David Fanning, Dany Garcia and Johnson are also producing.
Summit will release Snitch in the U.S.
ICM-repped Sarandon, who last appeared in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, is coming off shooting the Adam Sandler comedy I Hate You Dad, Lionsgate’s Gently Down the Stream with Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton, and Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep. She next reteams with the Wachowskis for Cloud Atlas (she worked with them in Speed Racer), the movie the duo is directing with Tom Tykwer that also stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant.