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Dwayne Johnson joins Ciuad, Hercules

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Two new additions to Dwayne Johnson’s IMDB filmography listing today – Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” and the Russo brothers’ “Ciuad”.

The latter, penned by Joe Russo, who co-directs with brother Anthony, is an Emmett/Furla-financed flick “based on the upcoming Oni Press graphic novel that the Russo Brothers co-wrote with Ande Parks”, says Deadline, who broke the news, adding “Set in one of the most dangerous and corrupt cities in the world, the thriller will star Johnson as a black market mercenary hired by a Brazilian drug lord to rescue his kidnapped daughter.”

Joe and Anthony Russo haven’t directed a flick since 2006’s “You, Me & Dupree” – if only because they’ve found their bread-and-butter directing Television.

“Exploring genre has always been a driving motivation for us as filmmakers,” the Russos said in a statement. “This movie is the culmination of a long time ambition to bring our sensibilities to an action thriller.”

Meantime, Johnson has been confirmed for “Tower Heist” helmer Brett Ratner’s upcoming “Hercules”, a role he was rumoured to be the frontrunner for a week or so ago.

An adaptation of Steve Moore’s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the film begins shooting in October in New Zealand.

Variety, who confirmed Johnson’s casting, says Ryan Condal scripted the flick, and MGM’s Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman will produce with Peter Berg and his Film 44 partner Sarah Aubrey, as well as Barry Levine of Radical Pictures, whose Jesse Berger will exec produce.

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