Director Pierre Morel (Mint, Taken) is lining up John Cena to star in his action comedy Freelance on a budget of $ 40 million.

According to Deadline, Cena is set for the lead role of a retired special forces operator with a family, struggling to adjust to the post-army life in the suburbs with all that that entails.

He is coming out of retirement to take a private job providing security for a journalist who travels abroad to interview a dictator.

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. This is complicated by the fact that the dictator may have ordered an attack on Cena’s unit in his previous life.

Jimmy Kimmel Live writer Jacob Lentz is writing the script and filming will begin early next year in Colombia. Steve Richards, Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin will produce.

John Felix Anthony Cena has a pretty complete dance card right now. After starting out as a professional wrestler, his resume says that he is an actor, TV host, and former rapper.

In wrestling, he is tied with Ric Flair for the most world championship reigns in professional wrestling history. Outside the ring, Cena is ready to deal with “fambly” once more in Fast and furious 10, the sequel to Hulu’s Friends on vacationand HBO Max’s Suicide squad derived series The peacemaker which begins airing in January.

French filmmaker Morel’s greatest success was Liam Neeson’s thriller Taken. On a small budget, the French indie thriller made nearly $ 300 million worldwide and spawned two sequels and a television series.

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