Not Everyone Wants To See Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson In John Henry Netflix Film

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The busiest man in Hollywood is none other than Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as he has cast himself in lots of his own movies and TV projects.

While controversy rarely follows the big star, he's got some backlash this week for casting himself as John Henry in a new film produced by Netflix.

As reported by The Daily Mail, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will play John Henry who was a real life African-American slave with dark skin. There has been controversy over the casting mainly because Johnson does not have dark black skin.

That's not to say that Johnson isn't African-American himself though.

Johnson is half Samoan on his mother's side and African-American on his father's side. Still, many online commentators out there feel someone with darker skin should have taken the role instead.

Actors Danny Glover and Roger Aaron Brown previously played John Henry in other films made in the past, but there was no controversy back then since both of them have dark skin like the real life Henry.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has yet to respond directly to the online backlash of his casting. All he said on his official Twitter page was only the initial announcement of his casting.

"When the man comes around..Honored to play a childhood hero of mine, JOHN HENRY & his disruptive band of fellow folklore legends from around the world. @netflix are the perfect partners and platform to build. Directed by Jake Kasdan (JUMANJI). JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN 🌎🔨"

It's unlikely Netflix will want to recast the role. This is mainly because Dwayne Johnson is a huge star and they won't want to recast the role to give it to someone with less name recognition as The Rock.

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