Dwayne-Johnson-in-SnitchDwayne Johnson has unmistakably been one of the biggest stars to rise in recent years, making a big name for himself in last year’s Fast Five, and will be seen next year in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Fast & Furious 6, and Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, to name but a few.

Due out in February 2013, first on his slate will be Snitch, an action/thriller that sees Johnson take the lead, and now Summit have released the first trailer.

“Dwayne Johnson stars as John Matthews, a businessman hit hard when his teenage son is wrongfully ensnared in a drug bust and threatened with a terrifying 10-30 years in federal prison (under the US government’s draconian minimum drug sentencing laws). The only option to reduce the sentence is to “snitch.” A desperate Matthews makes a deal with the politically ambitious federal prosecutor (Sarandon) and infiltrates the operation of a violent drug dealer (Williams). When his amateur undercover work unexpectedly exposes a major player in the Mexican drug trade (Bratt), the rules suddenly change and an already dangerous venture turns decidedly deadly.”

Starring alongside Johnson will be a promising cast, headed up by Susan Sarandon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Benjamin Bratt, Jon Bernthal, Barry Pepper, Melina Kanakaredes, and Rafi Gavron.

Ric Roman Waugh (Felon) is at the helm, directing from a script originally penned by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) and adapted by the director, and inspired by true events.

Snitch will be hitting the US on 22nd February, and is sure to be an explosive way to see out the winter at the box office. No word yet on when we can look forward to it here in the UK, but here’s to hoping it will be coming our way at the same time. Here’s the first trailer to get the anticipation going.

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