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Dwayne Johnson will star in Robert Ludlum adaptation

Dwayne Johnson is set to star in a new Robert Ludlum adaptation, with Universal casting him as the lead in The Janson Directive .

The film will follow Johnson as former consular ops agent Paul Janson, who has become a private security consultant, having grown uncomfortable with the number of contract killings required by his old employers.

However, when he’s commissioned to rescue a kidnapped billionaire, Janson’s botched operation soon lands him on the government’s hit-list, and our hero is forced to go on the run…

Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is currently writing a script, with Universal thought to be keen to fashion the film into the first of a Bourne -esque series.

No release date has been set as yet, but with Johnson now officially on board, expect the wheels to begin turning on this one over the coming weeks…

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.