Walking Tall:Variety reports that the Jackass himself, Johnny Knoxvile, has been set to join the Rock in Waking Tall ," the MGM remake being directed by Kevin Bray. Knoxville will be paid a career best of $5 million, sources said.

The reconstituted vigilante tale casts the Rock as a guy who returns to his hometown, stands up to local roughnecks and becomes sheriff. Knoxville will play a local underachiever with a good heart who is deputized by the sheriff.

Channing Gibson and David Klass wrote the script, and shooting begins June 23 in Vancouver, with Myriad and Hyde Park producing.

Stay tuned...