Dwayne Johnson Replacing Clive Owen In ‘Protection?’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:31 am,

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According to a source over at  The Wrap, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has replaced Clive Owen in the lead role of Protection. In addition to Johnson supposedly being brought onboard, The Wrap also reports that District 13: Ultimatum director, Patrick Alessandrin, has departed the project, which leaves it currently without a director.

Protection has what is a bit of a cliched storyline, but I suspect it’ll be one of those movies where the story is not where the film’s strength lies. Here’s the plot for Protection:

The film follows a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on a Mexican cartel in an attempt to rescue and protect a judge’s 21 year-old daughter, who has been targeted by the cartel for agreeing to testify against one of its members after she witnesses her father’s murder.


This isn’t the first change-up Protection has had: previously Simon West (Con Air, The Mechanic) was on-board to direct Paul Walker (Fast & Furious) in the lead role. It’s not clear what happened there, but Clive Owen must have been the next actor in line who was interested. Apparently Owen wasn’t up to the job though, and now they’re looking to former wrestler-turned actor, Dwayne Johnson (he’s just about shed “The Rock” label, hasn’t he?).

I’m sure those of you who enjoyed Johnson in the action roles he’s been in before will be glad to see him get back to that with Protection (and a couple of other flicks he has in the works). For awhile now, it’s been looking like he’d gotten lost in the bottomless pit of silly children’s movies, such as Tooth Fairy and The Game Plan.

My immediate thought about Johnson starring in Protection was that it will be like his roles in both The Rundown and Walking Tall, where he had to kick some serious ass, both with and without weapons (in Walking Tall his weapon of choice for a two-by-four!).

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Would you like to see Dwayne Johnson star in Protection instead of Clive Owen? Are you glad he seems to be getting back to action roles instead of continuing on with all these kids movies?

Johnson can next be seen in the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg action-comedy, The Other Guys (where he teams up with Samuel L. Jackson – hell yeah!), and is currently filming the action pic, Faster. If this Protection news is true, then you can expect him to start shooting that next (the movie, not, like, with a gun…).

Source: The Wrap (via Empire)

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  1. this guy does really fun action movies , so for me , this is very good news :)

  2. The Rock is the best… glad he got more work

  3. Awesome news!

  4. hell yes!!!!!

  5. I had to read the article simply because I found the title to be absolutely ridiculous. How does one jump from Clive Owen to The Rock (and no he will never shed that title)? This just made me laugh.

  6. I think it is a step up from Clive Owen. I think Owen is great though dont get me wrong, but if this is an action movie, you can't go any better than Dwayne Rock Johnson. The Rock remember was suppose to pick up the torch for Arnold. He didn't necessarily do that. I think he got impatient with his action movies. He dabbed alil too much in the comedy. Yes its fine he diversified his resume, but he almost got stuck with the comedy and also almost became a caricature of himself.
    If he could get his action movie star mojo back, I think he'll kick serious butt. All the Rock needs is an action franchise. All the big action stars have it. (Vin Disel, Van Dam, Segal, Arnold, Stallone, Statham). I dont think the Rock does.

    Also him working with Statham will help bring him back into being a legitimate Action Star again.

  7. Hell yes ….. I have been dieing to see an action movie of Dwayne since doom…