As of today, Netflix is only has two movies starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Those movies are Doom and Moana. Two perfect examples of Johnson’s strange acting career, that dates back to the early ‘00s. If the streaming service had it’s druthers, it would feature a category simply called “The Rock vs”. Filled with popcorn romps like Rampage, Skyscraper, and San Andreas. Another category could be called “Don’t Even Bother” and just include Baywatch.
According to Johnson’s recent Instagram post, he’s next tackling a folk hero, as the lead in John Henry & The Statesman. The Netflix original will be directed by Jake Kasdan. The actor-director duo worked together in last year’s mega-hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. There’s already been some backlash on the casting. Primarily focused on the difference between Johnson and the classic portrayal of John Henry as a dark skinned African-American man.
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WHEN THE MAN COMES AROUND. Inspired to bring to life one of my childhood heroes, John Henry, in JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN. In this movie, I’ll lead an ensemble of the most popular folklore figures and legends from different cultures around the world. @NETFLIX is the perfect partner & platform to bring these global folklore icons to life. The NETFLIX brand speaks directly to our @sevenbucksprod ethos of being bold, ambitious and game changing – and most importantly, always thinking “Audience first” in homes all around the world. The legend of JOHN HENRY’S strength, endurance, dignity and cultural pride was instilled in my DNA at a very young age. My dad would sing “Big John” to me every time he would put me to bed. At bedtime most children get loving nursery rhyme songs — I got this/ Every mornin’ at the mine, you could see him arrive. He stood 6 foot 6 and weighed 245. Kind of broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip. And everybody knew you didn’t give no lip to Big John. Big John. Big Bad John. Directing this big ol’ tentpole is the talented and passionate, Jake Kasdan. Jake and I found nice success together in a little movie called, JUMANJI. Gonna be a lot of fun bringing these legends to life. My childhood hero. The steel driving man and his disruptive band of international folklore legends. JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN @sevenbucksprod @danygarciaco @hhgarcia41 @flynnpictureco @NETFLIX
The post mentions “The Statesmen” being comprised of other classic folk heroes. Yet it offers no other clues on who could fill those roles. Nor is there any indication of what the story will be. Based on the teaser Johnson posted with help of Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around”, the movie may be coming sooner than you think. We’ll keep you up to date on this, as more develops.