Jackie Chan has found a new crime-fighting partner in John Cena for an upcoming action-thriller which is to be directed by the Need for Speed director Scott Waugh.

Cena, who seems to be following in the footsteps of Dwayne Johnson, continues his successful transition from Wrestling Ring to Hollywood will take over the role previously left empty by Sylvester Stallone.

The film focuses on a Chinese private security contractor (Chan) who is called in to extract the oil workers when a China-run oil refinery in the Middle East is attacked. When he learns that the attackers’ real plan is to steal a fortune in oil, he teams up with an American — a former Marine played by John Cena — to stop them.

Chan also has the role of producer on Project X (working title), along with Joe Tam, Esmond Ren and Hans Canosa. Arash Amel wrote the screenplay.

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Cena was last seen as a concerned father in comedy Blockers. He will next be seen in the Travis Knights Transformers Spin-off, Bumblebee alongside Hailee Steinfeld. He will also provide the voice of Yoshi in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the voice of Baron Druxum in the TV series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and will play the role of Pual Jansen in The Jansen Directive has in the pipeline.

Last seen in STX’s The Foreigner, Chan has a number of projects on the horizon including The Karate Kid 2, the fourth instalment of Rush House and a sequel to Shanghai Noon.