If there’s one thing we know about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, it’s that he likes to stay busy—and when he’s not working out, he’s probably working on a movie. Yesterday he announced that he will star in and produce yet another film, called John Henry and The Statesmen. It’s a family-oriented film portraying folk heroes from around the world, and he’s cast as John Henry, the broad-shouldered railroad worker who won a contest against a steam drill for powering through rock to make a tunnel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be released by Netflix and directed by Jake Kasdan, who also directed Johnson in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
The rest of the cast hasn’t been announced yet, and the brief teaser of a trailer that The Rock shared on Twitter provides few clues:
When the man comes around..
Honored to play a childhood hero of mine, JOHN HENRY & his disruptive band of fellow folklore legends from around the world. @netflix are the perfect partners and platform to build.
Directed by Jake Kasdan (JUMANJI).
JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN 🌎🔨 pic.twitter.com/vJ0nkCYXDH
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 9, 2018
In a Netflix press release, Johnson hinted at the film’s global perspective, although didn’t give specifics on who the other legendary characters might be.
“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,” he said.
The Rock has been spending a lot of time in front of the camera lately: He recently finished filming Jungle Cruise, and he’s in the middle of filming the Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw in London. So while he’s definitely the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, he might be the hardest-working, too.
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