RUMOR PATROL: John Cena in Talks for ‘True Lies’ TV Show

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 7:09 am,

John Cena True Lies TV Show RUMOR PATROL: John Cena in Talks for True Lies TV Show

Back in September, we reported that James Cameron was in the process of developing a True Lies TV series with Rene Echevarria (Castle) as the Executive Producer and showrunner. Since then, we haven’t heard much about the project (or the now-unlikely possibility of a True Lies 2).

Recent reports, however, suggest that the project is still very much in development and that Cameron may have a lead actor in mind for the role.

According to the Australian movie website What’s Playing, WWE superstar and semi-successful film actor John Cena is being considered for a part in the True Lies TV series. It’s unclear if the part is Schwarzenegger’s role from the popular 1994 film, or a new character designed for the TV series.

While What’s Playing acknowledges that this is a “fat rumor,” the tipster that contacted the site does offer a faint whiff of credibility. Quoting from What’s Playing, here’s what the source had to say about John Cena and the True Lies TV project:

[company removed] does a bit of work with Lightstorm. I’ve been involved in a new 3D animated over at [company removed]. Had heard Tuesday that the True Lies telemovie and the series that will follow, which Lightstorm are doing, are looking at John Cena. Don’t know if he’d be a new character or Schwarzenegger’s character from the film. It’s still early because they’re only on the first draft but thought you’d like to know what kind of ‘type’ they’re considering for the show.

Although this story has to be taken with a huge grain of salt, I think Cena might in fact be a decent candidate for the role. He’s big, strong, and, most importantly, popular. Given the short shelf-life of TV shows, Cena’s built-in fanbase may make him an attractive candidate to producers. Furthermore, the guy has experience acting. Granted, starring in The Marine isn’t the same as playing Hamlet, but at least it’s something. Above all else, producers like to mitigate risk when they’re casting shows.

true lies RUMOR PATROL: John Cena in Talks for True Lies TV Show

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in 'True Lies'.

We’ll keep our eyes on this story to see if there’s any truth to it or not. In the meantime, feel free to debate the merits of John Cena starring in the True Lies TV show. Those who vote “nay” may find some evidence to back up their claims in this Screen Rant article from last March: “Fighters Turned Actors: Who’s to Blame?

Source: What’s Playing?

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  1. I am still mad they didn’t get him to play Captain America. He was built for that role.

  2. I doubt this is gonna happen. Cena wouldn’t work as a full time actor on a television while he can still wrestle. He’s always said he’s a wrestler first and then an actor. With his work schedule right now, I just don’t see it happening.

    • Money Talks. If they offer the right ammount, then he may do anything.

  3. You can’t see me!!

    • hahaha classic my friend used to say that all the time

  4. oh, for the love of god

  5. id prefer him in a MK telemovie instead
    btw, whatever happened to the MK short film being made into a full length feature?

  6. Will he pretend to talk like a Black guy ?

  7. Coool…

    So we’ll basically have a Cameron-produced show that will last two episodes???

  8. Ok so I’m the BIGGEST john cena fangirl in the history of john cena fangirls. I would watch this show and buy the dvds and be all omg yay!!! But seriously though, I’m not taking this seriously because of his wrestling career. He’s too involved in that right now. If he was considering leaving already then I can see this happening but as far as I’ve heard, john cena has no intentions of leaving the ring any time soon.

  9. John Cena is a GREAT actor….for me to poop on.

  10. John’s never been in anything where he can showcase his acting abilities really,
    12 Rounds wasnt a BAD movie it just wasnt memorable.
    When he has his chance , he will shine