John Cena’s burgeoning acting career has been given another boost this week with the news that he will be starring in a ‘Suicide Squad’ spin-off series for HBO Max.
The eight episode series will be titled ‘Peacemaker’ and will focus on John Cena’s character of the same name that is due to debut on the big screen in 2021 as part of the rebooted franchise, directed by Guardians Of The Galaxy’s James Gunn.
The much-lauded Gunn will write the series and direct several episodes including the debut.
Cena will also serve as co-executive producer on the series that HBO have ordered to go straight to series without a pilot. Cena had the following to say of his new venture:
“I have said before that it has been a tremendous honor 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. 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.”
The Peacemaker character is a DC Comics character and one of several villainous characters and anti-heroes brought together to save the world from an even bigger bad. His character is seemingly a twisted take on Marvel’s Captain America and is said to believe in peace so strongly that he doesn’t care how many people he has to kill to get it.
Those familiar with the character in comics will be well aware of his on-screen potential. Warner Bros (The studio producing the film) and HBO clearly like what they see so far in Cena’s take to move forward with such early confidence.
Production is slated to begin in early 2021 but a release date has not yet been confirmed.