The straight-to-series order will see Cena reprise his role as the superhero he portrayed in DC Comic’s 2016 film Suicide Squad.
The series’ log line is being kept under wraps, but the eight-episode series will reportedly explore the origins of Cena’s character Peacemaker – also known as Christopher Smith – a pacificist diplomat so committed to peace he will use his superhero powers to attain it.
Cena announced the news on his social media channels today in a post which has since received over 7,000 likes in less than an hour.
Working alongside @JamesGunn on #SuicideSquad was an absolute masterclass in how to best bring beloved characters to life in a new and fun way. I cannot wait for the #DCUniverse to experience more of absurdity that is the Peacemaker in this new project on @hbomax!!! pic.twitter.com/PZ9dOa7Dzj— John Cena (@JohnCena) September 23, 2020
The former wrestler wrote: “Working alongside James Gunn on Suicide Squad was an absolute masterclass in how to best bring beloved characters to life in a new fun way.”
He added: “I cannot wat for the DC Universe to experience more of absurdity that is the Peacemaker in this new project on HBO Max.”
No release date for the forthcoming series has been announced as of yet.