The wrestler-turned actor is set to star as The Peacemaker – the character he’s playing in James Gunn‘s upcoming The Suicide Squad – in an HBO Max series that Gunn will write and direct a number of episodes for. Cena will also be on board as co-executive producer.
An eight-episode straight-to-series order has been handed to Peacemaker, which will be exploring the origins of the anti-hero character that’s been depicted in the comics as a pacifist diplomat, the son of a Nazi death camp commandant, and founder of the Pax Institute – taking down dictators and warlords. He wants peace, dammit, even if he has to kill countless to get it.
“I have said before that it has been a tremendous honour and an incredible opportunity to be part of The Suicide Squad and to work with James on what is going to be a fantastic movie,” Cena said in a statement. “I am unbelievably excited to have the chance to team up with him again for Peacemaker. We can’t wait for fans to see this.”
Said Gunn: “Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag. I’m excited to expand The Suicide Squad and bring this character from the DC film universe to the full breadth of a series. And of course, to be able to work again with John, Peter [Safran, The Suicide Squad producer set to exec produce the series], and my friends at Warner Bros. is the icing on the cake.”
Gunn and Cena will be kicking off production on Peacemaker in early 2021, before Gunn moves onto his third Guardians of the Galaxy movie for Marvel. The Suicide Squad, also starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney, among many others, hits Australian cinemas on August 5th and US cinemas on August 6th, 2021.
Also on the horizon for Cena: Fast & Furious 9, which was delayed to April 2021, and Project X-Traction, a China/US co-production action adventure also starring Jackie Chan.