LOS ANGELES: ‘The Suicide Squad’ star John Cena is in talks to star in an action-comedy film.
Titled “Freelance,” the film comes from filmmaker Pierre Morel, best known for directing Liam Neeson-starring “Taken.”
If finalized, Cena will try out for the role of a Special Forces operative who decides to retire from the military and start a family in the United States.
“After several years of mortgage payments, school dropouts, backyard barbecues and trying to conform to life in the suburbs, he decides to come out of retirement to take on a gig providing security for a journalist while as she interviews a cruel dictator who may or may not have ordered the attack on him and his men.When a military coup breaks out in the middle of the interview, the three are forced to escape into the jungle where they must survive the elements, the military, and each other,” the manager said in a storyline read.
Writer Jacob Lentz, who previously worked on the TV show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, is making his writing debut with the film.
“Freelance” is expected to start production in Colombia next year.
The project will be produced by Steve Richards of Endurance Media alongside Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin of Sentient Entertainment.
Cena was recently featured in “The Suicide Squad”, playing the role of Christopher Smith aka Peacemaker.
He will reprise the role in the upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker.”
The WWE wrestler-turned-actor will also reprise his “Fast and Furious 9” role as Jakob Toretto in the franchise’s next installment.