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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…