The 41-year-old soccer enthusiast, who is currently 92 kgs, will transform himself to play the former skipper of Mohun Bagan in the Shoojit Sircar-directed period drama.
"I have no release this year. I am choosing my projects carefully and experimenting with my looks. Each role requires a lot of method and I need time to adopt. I am playing a footballer in 1911 and for the film I have to become 75 kgs by mid next year after ending a film. Now, I am 92. I really have to work hard on my body," said John.
Apart from 1911, John will also be seen in three different looks in Sanjay Gupta's Mumbai Saga. "Sanjay is very experimental with his films and looks. This is the third time I am teaming up with him after Zinda and Shootout at Wadala," said John, who was in the city for the launch of a new branch of Toni.