Dwayne Johnson and Netflix join forces for “John Henry and the Statesmen” film

Actor Dwayne Johnson (AFP pic)

Dwayne Johnson and Netflix have teamed up for the first time on a folklore-inspired film titled “John Henry and the Statesmen”.

The movie — based on a pitch that Johnson and his Seven Bucks Production team developed with screenwriter Tom Wheeler — sees Johnson take on the title role, playing John Henry, the African-American folk hero who was so good at driving steel on the railroad that he raced a steam-powered machine designed to do the same (via CinemaBlend).

The film also marks the third project overall for long-time collaborators Johnson and director Jake Kasdan, who have previously worked together on 2017’s smash box office hit “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and will reunite to begin shooting “Jumanji 3” near the end of this year.

Johnson and Kasdan also produce, alongside fellow producers also on board: Seven Bucks Productions’ Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, who helped develop, and longtime collaborator Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo.