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‘The Rock’ to star in movie recounting fatal boating accident in Gulf

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Published:   |   Updated: November 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM

TAMPA - Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star in “Not Without Hope,” a film based on the best-selling memoir by Tampa resident Nick Schuyler, the lone survivor of a 2009 accident that left three of his friends dead in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to Variety, an entertainment industry publication, Johnson, 41, will play Schuyler, a former University of South Florida football player. Johnson also will co-produce the movie.

The best-selling book tells Schuyler’s account of what happened during a boat outing in 2009 with Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith, and Will Bleakley, Schuyler’s best friend and a former USF football player.

The four men were on a fishing trip when their 21-foot boat flipped in rough waters 75 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving them clinging to the vessel. Schuyler was the sole survivor. The other three succumbed to hypothermia and died at sea.

Johnson began his career as a WWE Superstar wrestler known as “The Rock.” His last bout in the ring was a loss in April against nemisis John Cena in WrestleMania XXIX. His acting credits include “Fast & Furious 6,” “Pain and Gain,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “The Mummy Returns,” and “The Scorpion King.” Johnson currently is shooting “Fast & Furious 7” and “Hercules: The Thracian Wars.”

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