John Cena Cast in Dwayne Johnson’s The Janson Directive

Johnson is adapting the Robert Ludlum novel about a consular ops agent turned private security consultant.

John Cena is set to star in an action thriller, with his buddy Dwayne Johnson as a producer.

Johnson just announced via Instagram that Cena has been cast in The Janson Directive, an on-screen adaptation of the Robert Ludlum book that the actor and producer has been trying to get off of the ground for a while. Originally, Johnson was hoping to star in the film himself, but because of his busy schedule, has decided to move ahead with the movie with someone else in the starring role. Enter John Cena.

Cena just starred in Blockers, and has consistently made a splash in his supporting comedic performances over the last few years, most notably as Steven in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. He also has an upcoming starring role in the Transformers spin-off prequel Bumblebee: The Movie.

James Vanderbilt is set to adapt the book into a screenplay from a story co-authored with Akiva Goldsman. The Janson Directive is about a former consular ops agent who goes into business for himself as a private security consultant due to ethical concerns he has about the sanctioned serial killing in his previous gig. In his new role, he works to help people rather than hurt people.

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Ludlum’s novels have previously been brought to the screen to great success with The Bourne series. More news on The Janson Directive movie as we hear it.