Woo Chile: Black Twitter Suddenly Turned On Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson After He Cast Himself As This Black Icon

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Dwayne Johnson attends the European Premiere of 'Rampage' at Cineworld Leicester Square on April 11, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Woo Chile: Black Twitter Suddenly Turned On Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson After He Cast Himself As This Black Icon

His upcoming portrayal of the African-American folk hero is already controversial.

Published October 10th

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recently shocked most of Black Twitter in apparently ways he didn't anticipate when he announced he is set to play folklore legend John Henry in a new Netflix film.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday evening, the action star revealed in a teaser clip that he will by portraying the beloved African-American folklore hero in the movie John Henry and the Statesmen.

In the caption, he explained that he is excited to play one of his "childhood heroes" in the project, which will feature an ensemble of what he called "the most popular folklore figures and legends from different cultures around the world."

"The legend of JOHN HENRY'S strength, endurance, dignity and cultural pride was instilled in my DNA at a very young age," he continued. "My dad would sing 'Big John' to me every time he would put me to bed."

Take a look at the video teaser announcement below:

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    WHEN THE MAN COMES AROUND. Inspired to bring to life one of my childhood heroes, John Henry, in JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN. In this movie, I’ll lead an ensemble of the most popular folklore figures and legends from different cultures around the world. @NETFLIX is the perfect partner & platform to bring these global folklore icons to life. The NETFLIX brand speaks directly to our @sevenbucksprod ethos of being bold, ambitious and game changing - and most importantly, always thinking “Audience first” in homes all around the world. The legend of JOHN HENRY’S strength, endurance, dignity and cultural pride was instilled in my DNA at a very young age. My dad would sing “Big John” to me every time he would put me to bed. At bedtime most children get loving nursery rhyme songs — I got this/ Every mornin’ at the mine, you could see him arrive. He stood 6 foot 6 and weighed 245. Kind of broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip. And everybody knew you didn’t give no lip to Big John. Big John. Big Bad John. Directing this big ol’ tentpole is the talented and passionate, Jake Kasdan. Jake and I found nice success together in a little movie called, JUMANJI. Gonna be a lot of fun bringing these legends to life. My childhood hero. The steel driving man and his disruptive band of international folklore legends. JOHN HENRY & THE STATESMEN @sevenbucksprod @danygarciaco @hhgarcia41 @flynnpictureco @NETFLIX

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    Johnson, who is also confirmed to produce the film, is keeping it in the family as he recruited Jake Kasdan, whom he worked with on Jumanji, to direct.

    Almost immediately following the initial announcement, Twitter users began expressing their outrage over his casting, claiming that Henry was clearly portrayed as a dark-skinned Black man, which Johnson obviously is not — the Fast & Furious star is mixed race, as he is the product of a Black father and a Samoan mother.

    See how the Twitter community feels about his casting, below:

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Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

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