The project is based on African American folklore hero John Henry, who is said to have “worked as a “steel-driving man”— tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives to blast the rock in constructing a railroad tunnel.”
Netflix has a similar project forthcoming starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but you can check out Crews’ version in the trailer above.
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Here’s the official plot (via Complex. com):
Ex-gang member, John Henry (Terry Crews), traded violence for a quieter life taking care of his aging father (Ken Foree) in South Los Angeles. Henry meets two immigrant children running from his former gang leader (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) and has to decide whether to revisit his troubled past to help give the two children a better future.
“The tale of John Henry is classic and legendary for many,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “Terry and Ludacris’ performances are particularly inspiring, and we are delighted to share this contemporary telling with our audiences.”
Meanwhile, last year Netflix secured the rights to “John Henry and The Statesmen,” an original pitch from writer Tom Wheeler that stars Johnson in the title role, per variety.com.
“John Henry” is due out in theaters, digital, and on-demand on Jan. 24, 2020.John Henry.