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John Henry and the Statesmen

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John Henry and the Statesmen
Directed byJake Kasdan
Produced by
  • Jake Kasdan
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Beau Flynn
  • Dany Garcia
  • Hiram Garcia
Screenplay byTom Wheeler
StarringDwayne Johnson
  • Seven Bucks Productions
  • Flynn Picture Company
Distributed byNetflix
CountryUnited States

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John Henry and the Statesmen is an upcoming American adventure film directed by Jake Kasdan with a script by Tom Wheeler. The film is about the folklore John Henry (Dwayne Johnson).


In October 2018, it was announced that Dwayne Johnson will portray the character, John Henry in an upcoming film exclusive to Netflix titled John Henry and the Statesmen. The film is intended to be the first installment in a shared universe that centers around heroes of legend and folklore, from various ethnic groups and cultures. Jake Kasdan will direct the film, from a script written by Tom Wheeler. The film is a co-production between Seven Bucks Productions, Netflix Original Films, and Flynn Picture Company with Johnson, Kasdan, Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, and Dany Garcia serving as co-producers. A teaser trailer was released with the announcement of the film stating that the release date was "coming soon".[1][2] Development was delayed due to the controversy over Johnson casting himself as the lead, with the folklore being a dark skinned black man.[3]


  1. "Seven Bucks Productions". Sevenbucks.com.
  2. "Johh Henry and the Statesman Official Trailer (2019) Dwayne Johnson Adventure Movie HD".
  3. "Dwayne Johnson faces backlash after casting himself as John Henry in new Netflix movie". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2021-06-30.

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