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Planets aligned when the Movie Gods paired Vin Diesel with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnsonfor Fast Five. It was like muscular chocolate was discovering steroid-enhanced peanut butter for the first time. Some steakheads were just meant to collaborate. Other acting partners strike us as… well, strange.
Take Johnson and Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, for example. The Hollywood Reporter says the actress is in negotiations to work together with the actor in Snitch, an action thriller screenwriter Ric Roman Waugh says was inspired by a Frontline documentary. Johnson would play a suburban father devastated by the news that his teenage son has been sentenced to a lengthy jail sentence on trumped-up drug charges. In an effort to reduce his son’s sentence, the father agrees to go undercover in the drug dealer's cartel in hopes of delivering the criminal to law enforcement officials.
So far, so good. That part seems tailored to Rock’s strengths, literally and metaphorically. Sarandon, meanwhile, would play a U.S. attorney who latches on to the protagonist’s mission because she believes the high-profile drug bust will boost her career. Mind you, Sarandon is lovely, talented and 64 years old, so any character she plays likely would be thinking of retirements and pensions instead of career jolts. But the part was rewritten from male to female to accommodate an interested Sarandon, so maybe it can be rewritten again to explain that odd point.
Not that Sarandon is contemplating retirement. She recently wrapped production on I Hate You, Dad with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. She's also set to appear in Gently Down the Stream, opposite Robert De Niro, as well as The Company You Keep, directed by Robert Redford. The actress is currently working on Cloud Atlas with Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis. Snitch, if it happens, likely would fall after that, which means we have time to wrap our brains around a Rock-Sarandon outing.