Deadline is reporting that WWE Superstar John Cena has signed on to star alongside martial arts icon Jackie Chan in Project X, a new action film from director Scott Waugh (Need for Speed).
The film stars Chan as “a Chinese private security contractor who must help get oil workers out of peril when the refinery is attacked in Baghdad. Once he uncovers the attack as part of a plot to steal the oil, he partners with an American former Marine (Cena) who lives in Iraq teaching orphans. The Marine had been fooled into thinking he was working to seize illegally gotten Chinese assets before he learns he was had and partners up with the Snow Leopard Commando.”
Cena was most recently seen in the comedy Blockers, and stars in December’s Transformers spinoff Bumblebee. Last month, he was also cast in the lead role in The Janson Directive, which is being produced by Cena’s old WWE rival Dwayne Johnson from the novel by author Robert Ludlum, and also has the video game adaptation Duke Nukem on his upcoming slate.