Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Two of the most in-demand action stars working right now may be on the verge of teaming up. Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are close to signing on for Dito Montiel‘s Empire State, with the former on the verge of closing a deal and the latter in negotiations. The film sounds more or less like what you might expect from a collaboration between Hemsworth and Johnson: It’s an indie heist movie involving an armored car robbery. More details after the jump.
Scripted by Adam Mazer (HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack), Empire State is based on the true story of the $11 million Sentry Armored Car Courier Co. robbery that occurred in 1982, considered to be largest cash heist in U.S. history at the time. Hemsworth would be playing “Chris,” while Johnson is considering the role of “Ransone.” Depending on when Empire State shoots, it could be the pair’s second time working together, as they’re also rumored to be starring in Chuck Russell’s Arabian Nights with Hemsworth as Ali Baba and Johnson as Sinbad.
Empire State is just the latest addition to Hemsworth’s crowded upcoming slate, which also includes The Expendables 2, Timeless, and of course, The Hunger Games. His last onscreen appearance was in the 2010 Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Last Song, opposite Miley Cyrus. Johnson most recently starred in this summer’s Fast Five, and has Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and G.I. Joe: Retaliation lined up for this year. He’s currently filming Snitch with Susan Sarandon and Jon Bernthal.
Montiel’s directorial career got off to a solid start with 2006′s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, which was based on his own memoir of the same title. However, his two films since then, 2009′s Fighting and last year’s The Son of No One, have been poorly received, which doesn’t bode well for his next movie. But who knows — maybe Empire State will be the one to turn his luck around. With a screenplay from Mazer and Hemsworth and Johnson in the leads, this could end up being a fun little thriller.