Dwayne Johnson will star in action drama

CBS Films is in talks with George Tillman Jr. to direct “Faster,” an action drama that will star Dwayne Johnson. Production is set for early 2010.

Johnson will play an ex-con bent on avenging the murder of his brother.

When Johnson began negotiating, his “Gridiron Gang” helmer Phil Joanou was expected to direct the film, but he dropped out several months ago. Joe and Tony Gayton wrote the script.

Tillman last directed the Notorious B.I.G. biopic, “Notorious.”

Tillman’s State Street partner, Bob Teitel, is expected to join the roster of producers that include Castle Rock’s Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer. Joe Gayton will exec producer.

Pic, a co-production between CBS Films and Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group, will begin production in January.

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