Idris Elba, John Cena set to star in 90s style action thriller

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Idris Elba and John Cena, fresh from the upcoming reinvention of The Suicide Squad, will be joining up up for more action hijinks it appears.

Amazon Studios has moved quickly to snap up Heads Of State, an action thriller that will re-team The Suicide Squad stars Idris Elba and John Cena for what Deadline is describing as a ‘90s style two-hander.’

Although James Gunn’s reinvention of the DC comic book property The Suicide Squad has yet to release, all concerned were apparently impressed with the on-screen chemistry of Elba and Cena and as such, a project was quickly put together by The Safran Company (who is also creating The Peacemaker, the TV series spin-off for John Cena’s character from The Suicide Squad). That project, going by the name of Heads Of State was in turn quickly picked up by Amazon.

Described as a bit of ‘Air Force One meets Hobbs And Shaw’ (in which Elba of course played the key antagonist) the film has been sold as a package, with screenwriter Harrison Query attached also.

Query has several other projects in the pipeline, including a Tom Hardy-led Navy SEALS film called War Party but nothing that has yet to enter production.

Given the title, and the reference to Air Force One, the much-loved 90s era Harrison Ford action movie, I’m going to take a punt at this and suggest that Elba and Fox will play the respective leaders of their nations, forging the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and US with explosions and quippy one-liners.

More on Heads Of State as we hear it, including most likely, a better plot than that, further casting and a director announcement. Might a while yet for this one though.

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