Dwayne Johnson is heading to Netflix.
Johnson is re-teaming with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan on John Henry and the Statesmen. Johnson will portray Henry, the mythic African-American steel-driver from American folklore, and will lead an ensemble cast of the most popular figures from folklore and legend from all around the world.
“Netflix is the perfect partner and platform for us to continue entertaining our global audience in a disruptive way,” Johnson said Tuesday in a statement. “These diverse characters speak to a legacy of storytelling that is more relevant than ever and span across a worldwide audience regardless of age, gender, race or geography.”
Netflix plans on creating a shared universe for the folklore characters.
“We are ecstatic to develop this shared universe populated by a vast library of American and international folk heroes. The possibilities are limitless” said Hiram Garcia.