Dwayne Johnson will be part of the team that will bring the story of WWE superstar Paige to life in a biopic called Fighting With My Family.
As he revealed in an Instagram post Tuesday, Johnson stumbled upon the concept when he was filming Fast & Furious 6 in London. Johnson saw a documentary from Britain’s Channel 4 about Paige, who hails from the United Kingdom, and whose parents are both veterans of wrestling. “The family strong element I saw in the doc is what grabbed my attention,” he wrote in the post. “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.”
Johnson also saw a personal connection as he comes from a wrestling family as well. There are plenty of details unknown at this point, but it has been announced that both Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden will star in the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Rock seems to have already put a fair amount of time into the project, and seems fairly hands-on as he has signed on as an executive producer for the film with his Seven Bucks Production company. And according to the THR report, Johnson will also be making a cameo in the film as well, to add to his long list of upcoming projects.
An official release date hasn’t been set, but we’ll make sure to keep you updated when more information is made available.
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