*Dwayne Johnson, currently starring in Fox’s “Tooth Fairy,” returns to his action thriller roots in the upcoming film “Protection.”

The story, to be directed by Simon West, follows a Mexico City security operative who is forced to smuggle the daughter of a high-ranking judge across the border while being pursued by corrupt cops, drug lords and white collar U.S. criminal forces.

The $35-million production is scheduled to start filming in New Mexico in the fall.

In addition to “Tooth Fairy,” Johnson recently starred in “Race to Witch Mountain.” He will next appear in the Columbia comedy “The Other Guys” in August and the CBS Films actioner “Faster,” set for release in November.