Kofi Kingston is set to make his feature film debut in WWE Studios' first Netflix collaboration film, The Main Event.
The film follows a young boy, played by Seth Carr, who finds a magical mask and enters a tournament to become the next WWE Superstar. Kofi Kingston plays an over-the-top version of himself in the film and speaking with Sports Illustrated, Kofi details how fun the experience was and how completely on-board Netflix was from start to finish in ensuring the project’s success.
“It was awesome,” he began. “I thought it was really great how on-board Netflix was. Even from before we even met, they were just all on board. They had an acting coach for me, and really welcomed me in with open arms. I’m really excited, this is something I wanted to do for a while.”
Continuing on, Kofi spoke about the film being art imitating life in some ways for him as he was also a young boy who just wanted to be a WWE Superstar.
“WWE is a global phenomenon, and so many kids around the world do look up to us. I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of these kids that look up to me. I’m always humbled by that,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m just a dude who decided to follow his dream. The Main Event is art imitating life, to a certain extent. I felt very natural in the role, playing myself, and it was great all around. Seth was awesome to work with. I was so impressed with the poise and professionalism of all the kids there. I had to remind myself these are just kids because they were such great actors. They had a great relationship with each other, too, and that fun, that authenticity, shined through in their acting roles. It reminded me of The New Day. A lot of people are attracted to what we do because we’re genuinely out there having fun, and they want to have fun with us. I thought the chemistry was very real with all the actors and actresses, and that will make the film that much better.”
The Main Event will be released on Netflix on Friday, April 10th, 2020.