The only reason there hasn't been a Michael Bay movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is because if such a thing did exist, the entire production would probably explode due to awesomeness (well, that and ego; mostly ego). However, it looks like the director is going to test those limits with his next film.
According to Variety, Bay has been courting Johnson and Mark Wahlberg to star in his upcoming movie, 'Pain and Gain,' which is based on a 1999 article in the Miami New Times about a pair of bodybuilders caught in an extortion and kidnapping scheme. The film, which reportedly has an un-Bay-like budget of $20 million, was written by 'Captain America' writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The duo have compared the dark comedy of 'Pain and Gain' to 'Fargo' (which is probably the first time a Michael Bay movie and 'Fargo' have been mentioned in the same sentence).

Per Variety, neither star is signed and this might not happen due to scheduling. But, fingers crossed! (SFX: explosion.)

You can see the Rock next in 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,' out February 10, 2012; Wahlberg's 'Contraband' is out January 13, 2012.

UPDATE: According to Variety, Wahlberg has officially passed on the. Sorry, Rock!

[via Variety]

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