John Cena and Kathy Bates Join Star Cast of “The Independent”


Oscar-winning actor Kathy Bates and former WWE star John Cena have joined the cast of the upcoming political thriller “The Independent”. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bates and Cena have joined previously announced actors, including actor Brian Cox and Jodie Turner-Smith.

The film will be directed by Emmy-nominated director Amy Rice, working from a leading blacklist script written by Evan Parter. Set in the closing weeks of the most important presidential election in history, “The Independent” follows an idealistic young journalist (Turner-Smith) who teams up with her idol (Cox) to uncover a plot that puts the fate of the election, and the country, in their hands.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that Bates would try out the first female presidential candidate, while Cena, co-responsible with Turner-Smith, would play an independent presidential candidate. Ryan Cunningham of Anonymous Content and Emmy-winning producers Sam Bisbee of Park Pictures and Thea Dunlap are expected to produce alongside Caddy Vanasirikul of The Exchange and Parter. Lance Acord and Jackie Kelman Bisbee of Park Pictures and Brian O’Shea and Nat McCormick of The Exchange are executive producers.

Cena has had a busy summer with the releases of Hulu’s “F9: The Fast Saga”, “The Suicide Squad” and “Vacation Friends”. We will then see him reprise his role in “Suicide Squad” in the upcoming HBO Max series “Peacemaker”, followed by the spy thriller “Argylle” by Matthew Vaughn. Meanwhile, Bates, recently seen in Warner Brother’s Richard ‘Jewell’, will next appear in the Lionsgate adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic novel, ‘Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret ‘. She will also star in Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s film, “The Miracle Club”. (ANI)

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