Report: John Cena To Star In “Daddy’s Home 2”; Taking Time Off From WWE After WrestleMania

John Cena’s career outside of WWE continues to expand as the former 16-time WWE Champion is set for another break after WrestleMania. A report from today notes that Cena will have a role in the comedy film “Daddy’s Home 2.” Here’s what Deadline wrote about the film:

John Cena, the WWE champ who has been transitioning to movies with Trainwreck and Daddy’s Home, has signed on to co-star in the Daddy’s Home sequel about to get underway in Boston. Cena served up a macho cameo at the end of the first film, and this time he figures prominently in the sequel storyline.

He joins Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, Owen Vaccaro and Scarlett Estevez in the Paramount comedy. In the sequel, father and stepfather, Dusty (Wahlberg) and Brad (Ferrell), are now working together to give their kids a perfect Christmas. When Dusty’s Dad (Gibson) and Brad’s Dad (Lithgow) arrive, their blended family conflicts rise to the surface. Cena’s character shifts the macho dynamics as Dusty faces the challenges of being a stepfather in the face of a more ripped rival.

It was noted by Dave Meltzer of that “Cena is scheduled to work through WrestleMania and then has extended time off.”

I believe he has some other movie roles later in the year as well. At this point, it’s not known when he might be back on WWE TV, but he’ll be there until WrestleMania when he’s expected to team with girlfriend Nikki Bella against The Miz and Maryse.

Here’s a clip from Cena in the first Daddy’s Home movie although the ending of this video has been altered for comedic purposes. The original 2015 comedy grossed $240 million worldwide with Cena only having a cameo.