Cannes 2011: Dwayne Johnson is a Snitch

The Rock's latest thriller picks up distribution

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is set to star in upcoming action thriller Snitch , the latest film to be snapped up for distribution on the Croisette.

The film follows a suburban pop (Johnson) whose son is hit with a 10-year jail stint for drug offences. In order to reduce his son's sentence, the father goes undercover to expose a senior drug dealer.

Written by Revolutionary Road scribe Justin Haythe and inspired by a 1999 US TV documentary, the film has been one of the buzz titles of the festival's market.

Summit Entertainment - the independant studio that rose to power with the Twilight franchise - has bought the US distribution rights for the movie, while international sales are still ongoing.

Snitch will begin shooting in June for a 2012 release.

Source: Variety