For his next movie, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is going back to his roots
Actor Dwayne Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is making a biopic about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Paige.hollywood Updated: Feb 08, 2017 19:56 IST
Actor Dwayne Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is making a biopic about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Paige.
The former wrestler is teaming up with WWE Studios and The Office creator Stephen Merchant to bring the life story of the WWE Superstar to the big screen. The biopic, titled Fighting with My Family, will be written and directed by Merchant himself, reports aceshowbiz.com.
The Falling actor Florence Pugh will star as the main character -- Paige, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis.
Dunkirk actor Jack Lowden is cast as Zak, Paige’s brother.
Johnson will reportedly also star in the comedy-drama biopic, but his role is currently unknown.
The WWE star expressed her excitement for the movie on her Twitter account.
She posted the screenshot of Johnson’s Instagram post and dubbed the project a “dream come true” in the caption.
She added: “I’m extremely happy for myself but mostly happy for my family. They deserve everything and more.”
BREAKING: Our @sevenbucksprod is excited to announce production on a cool project we've been working on for years based on a very unique and gritty professional wrestling family and a their daughter's journey into the spotlight of the WWE. "Fighting With My Family" Years ago (2012) while shooting Fast & Furious in London, I was up at 3am (too much caffeine) and stumbled upon a documentary on a UK station about a local wrestling family and their daughter's unlikely journey into the global spotlight. That daughter, is current WWE Women's Superstar, Paige. The family strong element I saw in the doc, is what grabbed my attention. That no matter how crazy life gets, no matter how dysfunctional our families can sometimes be and especially regardless of how much we fight - we're always there for each other when it counts. That's what families do. My gut said there was a great movie to be made so I sent to my agent Brad Slater at WME who loved it. He sent it to my long time ace producer Kevin Misher, who immediately responded to the doc and he thought we should go after one of our favorite writer/directors for material like this, Stephen Merchant. Merchant, being from the UK, locked in to a strong POV and vision of how gritty and heartfelt this film needs to be and the rest is history. Pleasure to partner with WWE Studios and Film 4 to bring this cool story to life. Paige and I both know what it's like to come from a wrestling family who's had it's good and hard times. Her and I have talked about this project for years now and we're all excited to bring her and her family's story to life. Cool casting announcements coming this week! #FightingWithMyFamily #SevenBucksProds #MisherFilms #WWEFilms #Film4 #BevisFamily #SquaredCircleDNA
During an interview with Deadline, The Rock revealed that he got the inspiration from a Channel 4 British documentary titled The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family during the filming of one of Fast and Furious movies back in 2012 in London.
WWE Studios are co-financing the movie along with Film4, which has been developing the project.
Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Production will serve as executive producers.
For those of you wondering what I'm working on... https://t.co/1M7qtlMdGx— Stephen Merchant (@StephenMerchant) February 7, 2017
Meanwhile, Kevin Misher of Misher Films will produce alongside WWE Studios President Michael Luisi.
The movie follows a reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country.
Fighting with My Family is expected to begin its production later in February in London.
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First Published: Feb 08, 2017 19:54 IST