Dwayne Johnson to star in and produce original Netflix movie

 
 

There’s no stopping Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the busiest man in entertainment is now looking to conquer Netflix with his new project: John Henry and the Statesmen.

Johnson will star in and produce the film and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle director Jake Kasdan will be behind the camera. Seven Bucks Productions’ Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia and Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo will be co-producers.

The former WWE champion will portray Henry, an African-American steel-driver from American folklore.

“Netflix is the perfect partner and platform for us to continue entertaining our global audience in a disruptive way,” Johnson said. “These diverse characters speak to a legacy of storytelling that is more relevant than ever and span across a worldwide audience regardless of age, gender, race or geography.”

“Developing an expansive universe of characters that present a needle-moving premise while entertaining our domestic and international audiences, is a priority for Seven Bucks Productions,” said Hiram Garcia. “Tom’s brilliant concept aligned perfectly with our company’s creative sensibilities. We are ecstatic to develop this shared universe populated by a vast library of American and international folk heroes. The possibilities are limitless.”

Johnson is currently in London filming Hobbs and Shaw, the Universal Pictures spinoff from the Fast & Furious franchise.