Terry Crews & Dwayne Johnson Will Both Star As John Henry
Hollywood is dropping projects in twos lately, and the story of John Henry is next on the list. We previously reported that there was another The Little Mermaid production in the works starring Queen Latifah and Shaggy, in addition to the live-action Halle Bailey movie that will reportedly begin filming in 2020. Now, there are two films about the black folk hero John Henry, and both Terry Crews and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are set to star in each.
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JOHN HENRY 🚂🔨💪🏾 Awesome response (and highly curious because the majority of you commented that you don’t know who John is) to my announcement of our ground breaking partnership with NETFLIX to bring the legend of JOHN HENRY to life. JOHN HENRY is an African American folklore legend who I grew up with. I’m proud to take on the role and equally excited to introduce JOHN HENRY’S story to homes & families all around the world 🌎 John was one bad dude. My kinda man who made decisions based on his gut and instinct. The thing that I loved as a kid and I appreciate more as a man — is that John also had basic core values that speak directly to my DNA. In today’s cynical, divisive, noisy times — JOHN HENRY’S values, strength, morals and heart, all matter today more than ever. Families all around the world are gonna love John Henry’s story. I’m grateful to be the one to tell it. And to quote my @netflix partners — Daddy’s gotta go to work 😉💪🏾🌎🔨
Crews’ flick, which also stars Ludacris, is set to be released sometime in 2020 by Saban Films and is described as a “dramatic thriller.” According to Variety, this version is going to be a modernized account of John Henry’s story “after he abandons a crime-riddled life for a peaceful one in Los Angeles. But when he crosses paths with two immigrant kids who are running from the leader of his former gang, he’s forced to confront the violence of his past life in hopes of saving them.”