Not long ago, John Cena was a big name is wrestling, but not much known to the wider world. Then came his scene-stealing and body-baring appearance in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, and just like that he was everywhere, popping in for cameos in comedies like Daddy’s Home and Sisters, shining on morning television as a recurring guest host of Today, and getting political with a diversity-embracing PSA. But this Christmas, he’ll take on one of the most fitting and possibly beloved parts yet as the peace-loving bull at the center of Blue Sky’s Ferdinand.
Based on the children’s book written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson, Ferdinand follows the titular bull as he’s pulled out of his idyllic village life and forced onto a farm with an enthusiastic goat (Kate McKinnon), a trio of chipper hedgehogs (Gina Rodriguez and Daveed Diggs), and some seriously stuck-up steeds. But when Ferdinand is groomed to fight a matador, he must rally to show the world he’s a most unusual bull.
Rio 1 & 2 helmer Carlos Saldanha directs, pulling together a cast that also boasts Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Anderson, Raúl Esparza, Jerrod Carmichael, Boris Kodjoe and David Tennant. Check out the charming trailer below:
Not gonna’ lie “Have a nice day smelling terrible” may make it into my shade-throwing rotation.
Ferdinand opens in theaters on December 15th.