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Dwayne Johnson to Portray Folk Hero John Henry in Netflix Film

Dwayne Johnson, John Henry

Former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will star in and produce John Henry and the Statesman for Netflix, according to Deadline.

Johnson uploaded a trailer for the film to Instagram on Tuesday night. It is based on John Henry, an African-American folklore hero known as the “steel-driving man.”

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As Henry, Johnson will lead a diverse cast of other prominent folklore legends from around the world.

“Netflix is the perfect partner and platform for us to continue entertaining our global audience in a disruptive way,” the former WWE superstar said. “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.”

Johnson will once again work with Jake Kasdan, director of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and executive producers Melvin Mar (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Wendy Jacobson (San Andreas).

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