Variety reports that Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) will join Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton in the action flick Faster. Salma Hayek is also in negotiations to co-star to make sure the film is sexy enough (although she was unable to do anything to save her last film, Cirque du Freak). Faster on an ex-con (Johnson) looking to avenge his brother’s murder while being trailed by a veteran cop. There’s currently no word on the role Grace will play, but her career is looking pretty solid as she’s co-starring in the upcoming Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz flick Knight and Day and is signed to do a sequel to Taken–where hopefully her character will have learned her lesson about the dangers of lying to your parents so you can see U2 in concert.
Back to Faster, we should all rejoice when Johnson does an action flick because we all know he’s better than simple kiddie fare like The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain, and The Tooth Fairy. Just because Johnson no longer wishes to be called “The Rock”, that doesn’t mean he should stop doing action films. It kills all of us to see that unfulfilled potential to beat the shit out of bad guys and walk away from explosions in slow motion. Hopefully, Faster will be his next great action movie so I don’t have to sigh every time I watch The Rundown.