Actor and former wrestler John Cena is currently negotiating to star in Pierre Morel’s action-comedy “Freelance”, which Stuart Ford’s MCO will sell at the upcoming virtual American Film Market. According to Deadline, Steve Richards of Endurance Media will produce the project alongside Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin of Sentient Entertainment. Endurance will co-finance with AGC, while UTA and ICM will take care of it at national level.
“Freelance”, whose budget is around 40 million dollars, follows a special forces operator (Cena) who decides to withdraw from the army and start a family in the United States. After several years of mortgage payments, dropping out of school, backyard barbecues and trying to adapt to suburban life, he decides to come out of retirement to take a job ensuring the safety of a journalist while ‘she interviews a cruel dictator who may or may not order the attack on him and his men. When a military coup erupts in the middle of the interview, the three are forced to escape into the jungle where they must outlast the elements, the military and each other.
The project is expected to kick off early next year in Colombia and will likely be among the most requested packages at the Virtual AFM, which kicks off on November 1. Writer Jacob Lentz of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the celebrity will make his debut as a feature film writer. An additional casting for ‘Freelance’ is also in progress. “Trainwreck” and “Blockers” actor Cena is set to appear in “Fast and Furious 10”, Hulu’s “Vacation Friends” sequel, and HBO Max’s “Suicide Squad” spinoff series “The Peacemaker” which will begin be released in January, depending on the deadline.
French filmmaker Morel is best known as the director of “Taken”, the low-budget French independent thriller that grossed nearly $ 300 million worldwide and spawned two sequels and a television series. Her other work includes the spy drama “The Gunman” starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Mark Rylance, and Jennifer Garner’s lead role “Peppermint” which has grossed over $ 35 million domestically. (ANI)
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