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Johnson to join Not Without Hope

Dwayne Johnson is set to star in drama Not Without Hope.

The Pain And Gain star, aka The Rock, is attached to take the lead role and co-produce the big-screen adaptation of Nick Shuyler's memoir of the same name, reported Variety.

The film would follow four friends - Nick, American football player Will Bleakley and NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith - who were on a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico when their boat capsized, leaving them stranded at sea.

Dwayne is tipped to play author Nick, a former American football player who now works as a personal trainer and was the only man to survive the trip.

"I'm humbled that Relativity was interested in paying tribute to Marquis, Corey and Will, and I was impressed with their vision for the film and how they wanted to honour how these guys lived and loved their families, friends and teammates," he said.

Robbie Brenner, president of production for Relativity, added: "Nick Schuyler's book is extremely moving, and Relativity is proud to work with the Rock, Nick and the entire team on creating a movie that honours this powerful story."

Dwayne, who starred in four films this year including GI Joe: Retaliation and Fast And Furious 6, already has some preparation for the role in Not Without Hope, having played American football.

The 41-year-old former pro-wrestler has finished filming Hercules, in which he plays the title role, and is shooting Fast And Furious 7. He's also in reality show The Hero and will film a pilot about athletes, produced by his Pain And Gain co-star Mark Wahlberg.

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