My dad would sing ‘Big John’ to me every time he would put me to bed,” Johnson said. The Rock To Star As John Henry In Netflix Movie, Everything Coming to Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu & Amazon Prime Video in October 2020, The Walking Dead: Michael Rooker Explains Why He Won't Play Merle Dixon Again, Back to the Future Trilogy 4K Blu-ray Sets Are Shipping Now, The Batman Set Shows Dark, Gritty Gotham With Easter Eggs in Exclusive Set Video, Demon Slayer Movie Earns Over $40 Million USD in Opening Weekend, Halloweentown Easter Egg Hints at Shared Universe With Hocus Pocus, The Christmas Chronicles 2 Trailer Released by Netflix, Marvel Studios Had the Top Grossing Superhero Movies Every Year... Until Sonic the Hedgehog. The legend of JOHN HENRY'S strength, endurance, dignity and cultural pride was instilled in my DNA at a very young age. But John Henry—the legendary steel-driving man who quite literally worked himself to death—is not an ambiguously black character. Dwayne Johnson and Netflix are teaming up on a folklore-inspired film titled John Henry and the Statesmen.
My dad would sing 'Big John' to me every time he would put me to bed.". Let us know in the comments! Are you excited for The Rock's new project? Often used as a symbol in cultural movements, such as the civil rights movement, John Henry is a rich part of American history. .
Knowing that framing deepens the resonance of the story, and frankly, any major adaptation deserves an acting and directing team that can mine that complexity. As luck would have it, Henry finds Berta, a refugee from Houndras, hiding under his doorstep. Lastly, there if Foree’s BJ, who is a wiser, elder man that seems rough around the edges, but has a good heart underneath it all. As it stands, the project will be directed by Johnson’s Jumanji director, Jake Kasdan. And this doesn’t get into the cultural context of the John Henry legend, whom research suggests was based on a real railroad worker. The legend of JOHN HENRY’S strength, endurance, dignity and cultural pride was instilled in my DNA at a very young age.
It describes his contest with a steam drill, in which John Henry crushed more rock than the machine did but died ‘with his hammer in his hand.’ Writers and artists see in John Henry a symbol of the worker’s foredoomed struggle against the machine. Inspired to bring to life one of my childhood heroes, John Henry, in JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN. Jake Kasdan, who worked with Johnson on "Jumanji," directs. https://t.co/JBHtZRznb4, This is what I'm asking.
The story goes, he was a man who hammered a steel drill into rock to create holes for explosives that blasted the rock for the construction of a railroad tunnel. Whitmer canvasses for Biden in Michigan weeks after kidnap plot, Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Trump immigration policies, Fauci on media access, Trump contracting COVID and more, Victim's photo found on phone of teen who beheaded teacher, Grim outlook for Black-owned businesses in need of federal aid, Plan to retrieve Titanic radio spurs debate on human remains, Judge blocks Trump plan to cut food stamps for 700,000 adults, Mother found safe 12 days after vanishing in national park, Disney+ adds disclaimer about racist stereotypes, Battleground Tracker: Latest polls, state of the race and more, 5 things to know about CBS News' 2020 Battleground Tracker, CBS News coverage of voting rights issues. [Update: Johnson removed the original video, but RT has posted the teaser online, separately. Netflix was the winning bidder for the upcoming film that has Johnson attached to the star. In a GQ profile last year, Johnson said people most frequently guess that he is Greek. Big Bad John.
Dwayne The Rock Johnson will be gracing the screen once more courtesy of Netflix when he stars in John Henry and The Statesmen. Like he's ready to claim his blackness for a minute because it's convenient? Crews does a fitting job of portraying a strong, silent Henry who clearly has more beneath the surface than meets the eye. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. At bedtime most children get loving nursery rhyme songs — I got this/ Every mornin’ at the mine, you could see him arrive. A relatively simple story to follow, what really makes John Henry easy to watch is the performances of the actors/actresses. Is he playing John Henry? Big Bad John.
https://t.co/Ab9vfFRAAD. Johnson will produce the film, along with Kasdan, and Seven Bucks Productions' Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia and Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo. He is said to have worked as a "steel-driving man"—a man tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives to blast the rock in constructing a railroad tunnel. Advertisement. ], . JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN". My childhood hero. The steel driving man and his disruptive band of international folklore legends. WHEN THE MAN COMES AROUND. With John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Antonio Aguilar, Roman Gabriel.
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