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.