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Step aside, The Rock! Why Ferdinand star John Cena has Hollywood in his sights


Hollywood has a long tradition of recruiting its hottest new stars from outside the movie industry.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was a former Mr. Universe before becoming the face of action movies for over two decades.

Will Smith was a Grammy-winning rapper before he became one of the biggest Box Office draws in America.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who started off as a professional wrestler on WWE is now one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, after finding massive success in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Another wrestler who will be hoping to make a similar impact as The Rock in Hollywood is WWE stalwart John Cena.

He's next voicing the heroic Ferdinand in the heartwarming animated movie of the same name, one that tells story of a bull with a big heart who sets out to discover who he really is.

Before bringing you the Ferdinand trailer, here's why Cena is set to conquer Hollywood like all those greats before him...

He's a ready-made action star

Cena has been a star WWE attraction for more then a decade, which has already handed him all the key attributes needed to be an action star.

Not only does Cena have the physicality through years of insane levels of work out routines, diet and dedication, but he has also been performing his own stunts night after night in the ring, which already gives him a distinct advantage when it comes to the fight choreography involved in action movies.

We have already got a glimpse of his potential in Doug Liman’s suspenseful war drama The Wall, in which he plays a tough sniper engaged in a battle of wills with his Iraqi counterpart.

He has incredible comic timing

Cena also has an uncanny knack for comedy. He's already worked with some of the highest profile comedians out there, including the likes of Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and Tina Fey.

What is more impressive is that Cena has more than held his own demonstrating a fantastic sense of comic timing. This is probably not surprising when you consider all the time Cena has spent on the microphone to crowds and improvising on the spot in the WWE.

Who can resist a new Hollywood superstar who can make us bust a rib laughing? As proof here's one of his many scene-stealing scenes opposite Schumer in 2015 comedy hit, Trainwreck.

WWE stars are now being taken more seriously

While Hollywood has a history of finding its stars from other industries, there was certainly a time when wrestlers weren't taken seriously at all.

The likes of Hulk Hogan and The Big Show have appeared in movies in small roles before, but now that The Rock has become an A-lister the prospect of a wrestler becoming a star attraction have already been proven.

This has no doubt made it easier for somebody like John Cena to be taken seriously when making the leap to the Hollywood big-time.

He already has a massive fan base 

Put simply, Cema is a sensation, especially with younger viewers. This year he hosted the MTV Kids' Choice Awards and got slimed for his troubles – what a dude.

Having an inbuilt fan base is no doubt a big advantage when it comes to being a box office draw, and when the same children that worship Cena find out he's voicing Ferdinand, a whole new audience opens up.

It is that level of star power that will no doubt make John Cena a massive success in Hollywood for years to come; it is only a matter of time.

is released on 22nd December. Check out the trailer below.

Andy Furlong is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.

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