John Cena will star in “Coyote vs. Acme.”
The 44-year-old actor has joined the cast of the live-action/animated hybrid film from Warner Bros.
Dave Green is directing the project with the screenplay written by Samy Burch based on the Looney Tunes characters and the New Yorker magazine article “Coyote vs. Acme” by Ian Frazier.
The film follows Wile E. Coyote, who after ACME products consistently fail him in his relentless pursuit of the Roadrunner, decides to hire a lawyer to sue the company.
The case pits Wile E. and his attorney against the intimidating former boss of ACME Corporation (Cena), but a growing friendship between the man and the cartoon fuels the couple’s determination to win.
James Gunn and Chris DeFaria are producing the film, which is slated for release in July 2023.
Cena worked with James on the HBO Max series ‘Peacemaker’ after first playing the role in the 2021 superhero film ‘The Suicide Squad’ and show producer Peter Safran says James felt that the WWE star had the potential to “go further” as an actor.
He said: “I knew James wanted to tell this story and really wanted to dig deeper with John on this character.
“And when you watch the show, you realize his dad was just as bad as Bloodsport’s — and in some ways, a whole lot worse. It was just a tiny little easter egg in there, and it’s all unwrapped in the series.
“I think he felt with John that there was a real untapped acting resource there, and people will be very surprised at how far John can go.
“We knew he could go there, and it’s been a real pleasure to bring that to a wider audience.”