Following the big success of the new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and director Jake Kasdan are teaming up again for a new Netflix movie. The streaming giant announced today that it bought the rights to an “original pitch” for a movie titled John Henry and The Stateseman. It’s written by The Lego Ninjago Movie‘s Tom Wheeler.
Kasdan will direct and The Rock will star as the titular American folk hero. The film will also feature an “ensemble cast of the most popular figures from folklore and legend from all around the world.” The first teaser can be seen below, though it’s more of a mood piece that references Henry’s prowess as a steel-driving railroad worker, using the Johnny Cash song “The Man Comes Around.”
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
This is The Rock’s first movie for Netflix. “Netflix is the perfect partner and platform for us to continue entertaining our global audience in a disruptive way,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Netflix has not yet set a release date for John Henry and the Statesman. Some of The Rock’s other upcoming film projects include a Jumanji sequel, which he’s also working with Kasdan on, as well as the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw.