Netflix has acquired John Henry and the Statesmen, a film about the American folk hero that reunites Dwayne Johnson with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan.
Johnson will star as the legendary “steel-driving man,” who went toe to toe with a steam drill in what’s long been viewed as a symbol of the labor movement. Johnson will also produce the film, written by Tom Wheeler (The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Puss in Boots).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will feature “an ensemble cast of the most popular figures from folklore and legend from all around the world.”
“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 said in a statement.
Danny Glover previously played John Henry in the 1986 television special Tall Tales and Legends. “The Ballad of John Henry” has been covered by countless blues musicians over the decades.
A timeline for John Henry and the Statesmen has not yet been disclosed. Johnson is now filming The Fast and the Furious spinff Hobbs and Shaw in London, while Kasdan is in pre-production on a Jumanji sequel, and Wheeler is producing Cursed for Netflix.
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