The story centers on Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg's characters, two bodybuilders who set up an elaborate extortion scheme which goes horribly wrong. Rob Corddry will portray John Mese, a former bodybuilder who now owns the gym where Mark Wahlberg's character trains at. He gets unwillingly roped into the extortion scheme because of his background as an accountant and notary.
Michael Bay is directing Pain and Gain from a script by Captain America: The First Avenger writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The screenplay is based on a true story, which was told through a series of articles in the Miami New Times.