Reigning WWE World Champion Kofi Sarkodie-Mensah, popularly known as ‘Kofi Kingston’ who was recently in Ghana on a visit is set to feature in a new Netflix movie.
Kofi Kingston, who has been wrestling for the past 11 years and became the second African American (following Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and first native to hold WWE’s signature title since it debuted in 1963, returned to Ghana last month after his historic win.
Netflix in an announcement on Wednesday stated that it is teaming up with WWE Studios for a new live-action family film titled ‘The Main Event’. The cast reportedly features numerous WWE Superstars, including WWE champion Kofi Kingston, The Miz and Sheamus alongside Seth Carr (Black Panther), Tichina Arnold (The Neighborhood), Ken Marino (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Adam Pally (The Mindy Project).
The synopsis for the film reads as such, “After discovering a magical mask, an 11-year-old aspiring wrestler enters a competition to become the next WWE superstar.”
The film, written by Larry Postel will be directed by Jay Karas whose previous work includes ‘Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife,’ ‘BreakPoint,’ and ‘Parks & Recreation’, and is set to premiere on Netflix in 2020.
The film presents a new opportunity for Kingston, as the reigning world champion hasn’t had many opportunities for acting beyond an appearance with the rest of New Day on an episode of Adam Ruins Everything and a voice acting role in Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon.
Kingston has been WWE Champion since WrestleMania 35 and is booked to defend it once again at Stomping Grounds on Sunday against Dolph Ziggler in a steel cage match.
The 37-year-old professional World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star on his visit to Ghana met with Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo to present his WWE belt.
Kofi paid a courtesy call on the President of Ghana H.E Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House Yesterday May 31, to present his world title belt to the presidency. According to him, he considers this “Year of Return” as a unique opportunity for him to make a historic visit to Ghana at the height of his wrestling career.