Dwayne Johnson Announces Role Of Folk hero John Henry In Upcoming Netflix Original

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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.


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.

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