Character actor Tony Plana has joined Michael Bay's long-gestating--low-budget dark comedy Pain and Gain says Variety.
Based on a true story, the action follows a group of bodybuilders (led by Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson) who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. The not so bright group kidnapped Miami businessman Marc Schiller (Tony Shalhoub), tortured him and left him for dead. He survived and to get even he hired hired a private investigator (Ed Harris) to track them down.
Plana will play Capt. Al Lopez of the Miami Police Dept., who begins to look into the kidnapping.
Israeli supermodel Bar Paly would play Sabina Petrescu, an illegal immigrant and former beauty queen who dreams of becoming the next Marilyn Monroe. Rob Corddry Anthony Mackie and John Turturro also star.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely ("Captain America: The First Avenger") wrote the script. Con Air writer Scott Rosenberg is polishing the script as reported by Heat Vision Rosenberg infamously wrote the Animal Crackers scene found in Bay’s "Armageddon ".
Bay Donald De Line and Ian Bryce will produce.
Production will start within a few weeks.