EXCLUSIVE: Wrestling superstar John Cena is dropkicking his way into The Nest, Universal’s Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy about two sisters who throw one last party in their parents’ soon-to-be-sold house. Character details are under wraps but I hear the Cenation Leader is playing what could mark his first villain role after spending over a dozen years as the WWE’s All-American hero.
Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore is directing from a screenplay by Paula Pell, with Fey producing for her Little Stranger, Inc. banner alongside Jay Roach and his Everyman Pictures and John Lyons. Poehler is exec producing with Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell. Fey and Poehler anchor the cast which also includes James Brolin, Ike Barinholtz, Maya Rudolph and John Leguizamo.
The twelve-time WWE champ and sometime rapper started branching into acting with 2006’s The Marine, following that action vehicle with 2009’s 12 Rounds. Cena, a frequent Make-A-Wish celebrity participant, also demonstrated a softer side in indie drama Legendary and played dad to internet personality Lucas Cruikshank in three Fred movies.
Some WWE-watchers suspect a long-play arc into heel territory is inevitable since Cena’s brand has been squeaky clean for so long. His move into comedy world is already in the works: Cena is currently filming Judd Apatow’s Amy Schumer vehicle, Trainwreck. Cena is repped by ICM Partners. The Nest is set for a December 18, 2015, release.