“That stuff is beyond my control, but I would absolutely love that opportunity,” Cena tells EW. “That, for me, would be a dream. I’m never really like, ‘Oh, I’d like to work with this person,’ but I just think between our chemistry in the live performance setting, there’s something certainly there with The Rock. So that would be my one name on the wish list.”
Cena and Johnson are the two highest-profile wrestlers who have made the switch from WWE to acting. As wrestlers, the two confronted each other in the ring in 2012 and 2013, as the headlining match at Wrestlemania—and they certainly had beef. Cena had made comments about Johnson, implying that Johnson had abandoned the WWE, which Cena later confessed was a “stupid” thing for him to say.
Cena is making moves on his own, though. He’s picked up another mega-franchise about cars, with the action movie Bumblebee, the prequel to the Transformers that’s set 20 years before the first film.
“It’s going to be a wonderful piece of this franchise that I think people are going to enjoy,” Cena shared with EW. “I was very intrigued being able to meet the team around the movie. [Director] Travis [Knight] is such a passionate man. The role they were talking to me about doing was very intriguing to me because it’s a road I’ve never been down before, but a road I felt like I could accomplish. And then put that together with the context of the movie, the way that the consumer will now view Bumblebee, all of that stuff was very interesting to me. And then they were stupid enough to say yes.”
Bumblebee opens in theaters on Dec. 21.