See John Cena In The First Look At What Might Be His Funniest Role Yet 

By Charlene Badasie | Updated


Relativity Media has released the first trailer for the upcoming action-comedy Freelance. The story follows Mason Pettis (John Cena), a retired Special Forces operative who is tasked with protecting journalist Claire Wellington (Alison Brie) after a military coup breaks out while she is en route to interview the President of Paldonia (a fictional country).

Freelance will be released in theaters on October 6.

When the Presidential convoy is attacked with Claire and Pettis inside, they are forced to flee into the jungle with the dictator. “I’m with the President of a country in the middle of a coup,” she tells Pettis. “This is the scoop of a lifetime.” He tersely responds with, “You gotta be alive to have the scoop of a lifetime.”

Cena made his debut as a leading actor in 2006’s The Marine.

Freelance is directed by Pierre Morel from a script by Jacob Lentz. Starring alongside John Cena and Alison Brie are Juan Pablo Raba, Alice Eve, Marton Csokas, and Christian Slater. Michael Arrieta, Danny Chan, Court Coursey, Marc Danon, Jaime Hernandez, Walter Josten, Lex Miron, and David Robbins serve as executive producers. Freelance will be released in theaters on October 6.

John Cena has been actively pursuing a career in acting alongside his professional wrestling endeavors. After gaining fame as a WWE superstar, he transitioned into acting and has appeared in movies and television shows. Cena made his debut as a leading actor in 2006’s The Marine. He played John Triton, a Marine who must rescue his wife after she is kidnapped.

In 2009, John Cena starred in the action-thriller 12 Rounds. He played a police officer who must go through a series of dangerous challenges to save his kidnapped girlfriend. In 2015, Cena took on a comedic role in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, playing a muscle-bound, sensitive guy who dates the main character’s best friend.

John Cena made a cameo appearance in 2017’s Daddy’s Home 2, along with minor roles in Blockers and Bumblebee in 2018. In 2021, Cena landed a role in Fast & Furious 9 as Jakob Toretto, the brother of the main character Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel). He also played DC Comics character Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad that same year. He reprised the role in the spin-off series titled Peacemaker.

John Cena and Alison Brie in Freelance

Most recently, John Cena appeared as Kenmaid in Greta Gerwig’s box office hit Barbie. He also voices Rocksteady in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and stars in Vacation Friends 2, which premieres on Hulu on August 25. His other upcoming film projects include Argylle, Coyote vs. Acme, Ricky Stanicky, Grand Death Lotto, and Heads of State.

John Cena Returns To WWE

John Cena will return to WWE’s SmackDown on September 1 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It’s not the star’s first time flaunting his muscles at a WWE event. According to Fox Sports, he will also be traveling to India for the WWE Superstar Spectacle at the GMC Balayogi Indoor Stadium on September 8.

The event will be WWE’s first live offering in India since 2017 and the first-ever live event held in Hyderabad. Unfortunately, for John Cena fans, it will not be broadcast in the United States.