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John Cena Replaces Sylvester Stallone in New Jackie Chan Movie

Daddy's Home alum John Cena is going to be part of Project X, a new action movie starring Jackie Chan, replacing Sylvester Stallone in a key role. Perhaps this is an acknowledgment that 41-year-old pro wrestler Cena is a more believable (and bankable) choice to play an ex-Marine mercenary than 71-year-old Stallone is. It's taken a while for any to notice that Stallone's heyday as an action movie star was almost 40 years ago. Read on and tell us what you think.


Via Page Six.

John Cena has joined Jackie Chan in the independent action-thriller “Project X,” set at a Chinese-run oil refinery in the Middle East.

Cena is replacing Sylvester Stallone in the movie, which had been developed as “Ex-Baghdad.” Scott Waugh is directing from a script by Arash Amel.

Chan will portray a Chinese private security contractor who is tasked with extracting oil workers from a refinery that’s been attacked. He teams up with a former U.S. Marine (Cena), when he learns that the attackers’ real plan is to steal the oil. Chan will also produce “Project X” along with Joe Tam, Esmond Ren, and Hans Canosa.

Cena was last seen in “Blockers” and will star in “Bumblebee” and Universal’s “The Janson Directive.” Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than a decade ago with “The Marine” in 2006. His credits include “12 Rounds,” “Legendary,” “The Reunion,” “Trainwreck,” “Sisters,” “Daddy’s Home,” and “Daddy”s Home 2,” along with voicing the lead character in the animated comedy “Ferdinand.”

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