In 1996, Michael Bay directed "The Rock." In 2013, he'll release a movie starring The Rock. 
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars with Mark Wahlberg in Bay's upcoming action-comedy "Pain and Gain," and the brand new first poster -- and killer tagline -- set the scene.

"Pain" is the fact-based story of two dumbbell (har har) weightlifters who initiate a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly awry. Funny people Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson and Rob Corddry also star, along with Ed Harris, who co-starred in Bay's "The Rock" all those years ago. 

Check out the poster here:


Bay is known for big budget action spectacles like "Bad Boys" and "Bad Boys II," "Pearl Harbor," "Armageddon" and the "Transformers" films. "Pain" reportedly cost just $20 million, so it will be interesting to see how Bay works a more overtly comic premise with significantly smaller cash flow. 

Before "Pain," Johnson will be seen in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" (see the new poster here). He'll then flex his muscles in "Fast Six," and as "Hercules" for director Brett Ratner. 

Wahlberg will re-team with Bay for the long-awaited "Transformers 4."

"Pain and Gain" opens April 26.

Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.