16-time World Champion and WWE’s biggest draw, John Cena is joining hands with The Rock to star in an upcoming movie which will be produced by the Brahma Bull’s production company, Seven Bucks Productions.
On April 30, 2018, Dwayne Johnson a.k.a The Rock announced on Instagram that Cena will be playing the lead role in his upcoming film, “The Janson Directive” which is adapted from late Robert Ludlum’s action-thriller novel, “The Janson Directive”.
The movie’s description reads:
“Former Navy SEAL and prisoner of war, Paul Janson, works as a corporate security consultant, but when an assignment to rescue a VIP goes wrong, he’s forced to go on the run.”
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Found my star! Congrats to my good bud John Cena on landing the lead role for our movie, THE JANSON DIRECTIVE. A project that myself, @sevenbucksprod, our production partners and Universal Studios have been developing for years now. Congrats man and I’m excited to go on this journey with you. Thank you for your commitment to the role and remember, as your producer if you screw up, I’m coming to set and droppin’ the People’s Elbow on ya. And you know first hand how devastating my elbow drops can be ??? Congrats my friend and let’s go make a good one. #JansonDirective #JohnCena #SevenBucksProds #CaptivateEnt #WeedRoadPics #MythologyEnt #UNIVERSAL
The movie is in partnership with the oldest American film studio, Universal Pictures and although Johnson had been originally slated to star in it prior to his announcement on Instagram, he vacated his role due to his already busy schedule and chose Cena to replace him. The film’s list of executive producers consists of Dany Garcia, Tracey Nyberg and Dwayne Johnson himself.
It is to be noted that Robert Ludlum also penned the Jason Bourne series of books.
John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have headlined WrestleMania twice in the past with Johnson defeating him in 2012 and Cena successfully getting his redemption in 2013. Cena and Johnson have also been going back and forth at the Box Office with their latest movies “Blockers” and “Rampage” respectively.
Meanwhile, “Fighting With My Family” starring The Rock which is a documentary on current SmackDown Live General Manager and 2-time Divas Champion Paige has been delayed at the Box Office. The movie which is produced by Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions was originally set to hit theatres in September, 2018 but will instead hit the silver screen on March 1, 2019.