As WWE wrestler John Cena continues his ascent into mainstream Hollywood, following in the steps of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Dave Bautista, it was inevitable he would team up with a legend of the action movie genre.
Which is why the announcement of Cena linking up with martial arts legend Jackie Chan is huge news.
Whenever two big stars link up to kick ass and take names it always has us super-hyped, which is why the pairing of Chan and Cena has us salivating at the potential carnage these two will dish out on the big screen.
The two will be teaming up for an action thriller film which will be directed by Scott Waugh, who is responsible for Act of Valor and the video-game-to-movie adaptation of Need For Speed.
According to CinemaBlend, the Chan and Cena project was originally titled Ex-Baghdad and is now under the working title of Project X (not to be confused with the teen comedy from 2012).
The Hollywood Reporter reveals the plot will be based around a Chinese private security contractor (played by Chan) who is brought in to rescue workers at a Chinese-owned oil refinery in the Middle East, after it comes under attack.
However, Chan’s character soon finds out there’s an ulterior motive with the attackers’ real plan to steal a fortune in oil. This forces him to team up with an ex-Marine (Cena) to put a stop to their plans.
The film will be produced by Chan and the screenplay will be penned by Arash Amel.
For any self-respecting fan, Chan’s name is synonymous with the action genre. As both an icon in martial arts and as a stunt man his CV reads like a ‘been there, done that, bought the t-shirt’ for action movies.
As for Cena, he has found success as a decent comedy actor, stealing the show in films such as Trainwreck, Blockers and Ferdinand, where he is generally in his element. But the 16-time world champion is yet to star in an action film (if you discount The Marine and 12 Rounds produced by the WWE), considering his physique.
However, it looks like this will be rectified with both Project X and the upcoming Transformers-spin-off Bumblebee. He is also set to star in The Janson Directive which will be produced by fellow WWE alumni and former rival Dwayne Johnson.
Back in February Chan confirmed he and comedian Chris Tucker will be back as Carter and Lee for Rush Hour 4, much to the delight of fans across the world.
The first film arrived in 1998, with Tucker and Chan playing Detectives Carter and Lee respectively – it found a massive audience thanks to the genius blend of humour and kung-fu.
Chan had previously put all his cards on the table, confirming his involvement in the project.
He stated last year:
For the last seven years, we’ve been turn[ing] down, turn[ing] down the script, but yesterday, we agreed.
The script, probably at the end of this month, will have a second draft and next year, [we’ll] probably start.
If… Chris Tucker agrees.
Tucker confirmed the project got the green light from both the leading action heroes during an appearance on ESPN’s podcast The Plug, back in February of this year.
During the show, Tucker was asked if he and Jackie would ever team up again, more specifically for the Rush Hour franchise.
It’s happening. This is gonna be the rush of all rushes. Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people don’t ever forget it.
Oh, Carter and Lee, we’ve really missed your high-octane hijinks.
Cena and Chan, we can’t wait.
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