Although John Cena has been back wrestling in matches at his WWE day job for the past month, that doesn’t mean he’s put his acting career on hold. It’s been hard for wrestlers to break out as Hollywood stars with their hectic schedule of touring with matches, but Cena is doing his best to follow in the footsteps of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Cena is now joining the cast of Paramount Pictures’ Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, a prequel that’s set in 1987 and involves Bumblebee being found in a California scrapyard.
Cena will appear opposite the already announced Hailee Steinfeld and the young cast that includes Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.
Cena has long been a go-to action-oriented actor for WWE Studios films like The Marine, but in recent years, he’s forayed into comedy with roles in Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy Sisters and Paramount’s Daddy’s Home, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. (Cena will also be returning for the sequel, Daddy’s Home 2, scheduled for release on November 10 of this year.)
Earlier this summer, Cena was seen opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Doug Liman’s military thriller, The Wall,
The Bumblebee movie will be directed by Travis Knight, the LAIKA Studios head who last year directed the Oscar-nominated stop motion film, Kubo and the Two Strings, and will be making his shift to live action films with Bumblebee.
Filming began in California today–the entire film will be filmed in California under the state’s new incentives–with a release date set for December 21, 2018.
The movie’s script was written by Christina Hodson, and producers include Michael Bay and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura with Steven Spielberg, Chris Brigham, Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis from Hasbro as executive producers.
Cena is repped by ICM.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor