Reports that WWE and Netflix would be teaming up have been around since early this year. The companies confirmed the arrangement today (June 19) when they announced details of their first project - a “live action family movie” called The Main Event.
Production on the Larry Postel-written flick starts this week in Vancouver. It will be directed by Jay Karas, a veteran of sitcoms and stand-up specials. The movie stars Seth Carr (who played young Killmonger in Black Panther) as an 11 year old who finds a magical mask that allows him to pursue his wrestling dreams by entering a contest to be a WWE Superstar. Everybody Hates Chris’ Tichina Arnold, Ken Marino of The State fame, and Adam Pally from The Mindy Project are the other actors featured in the press release.
Wrestlers announced for the flick are WWE champion Kofi Kingston, The Miz, and Sheamus. Aside from Kofi, all have some movie experience in and beyond WWE Studios productions. There’s no indication how big their roles will be, so it’s impossible to tell if they’ll miss any time from Raw and SmackDown. Sheamus isn’t currently featured in any storylines amidst rumors he’s dealing with possibly career-impacting injuries.
Also no word on how many pictures will come from the Netflix partnership. How well The Main Event does when it hits the streaming giant sometime in 2020 may tell that tale.