Former WWE Champion Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will executive produce and make an appearance in WWE Studios and Film 4's just-announced wrestling-focused biopic “Fighting With My Family,” as reporteed Tuesday by THR. The movie looks to focus on the rise of WWE professional wrestler Saraya-Jade Bevis, known in the ring as Paige (pictured above), and her relationship with her family of fellow pro wrestlers.
The film is based off a 2012 British documentary titled “The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family,” which followed Paige, her father, mother and brother as the family grooms Paige and her brother, Zak, to transition from smaller wrestling gigs to life on the big stage at WWE events. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson, who first gained fame as a major WWE star known as The Rock, will make a cameo as himself in the film.
“Back in 2012, I was in my hotel room in London and stumbled across a documentary on a local UK channel. Not only was I intrigued by this loving and wild family, but I also felt it’s the kind of narrative that would make an amazing movie,” Johnson said. "The Knights’ journey is a universal one that all families are familiar with. I relate to Saraya (Paige) and her wrestling family on such a personal level and it means so much that I can help tell their story."
“Fighting With My Family” aims to mix comedy into the drama of family life, which lines up with Johnson’s recent roles. The actor recently voiced Maui in the Disney animated feature “Moana,” and will soon take on the starring role of Mitch Buchanan in the comedic film adaptation of '90s TV series “Baywatch.” In December, Johnson will play Dr. Smolder Bravestone in a semi-sequel to “Jumanji.”
Paige is a professional wrestler currently performing under WWE’s Raw brand. She has been working in the professional wrestling industry since she was 13 years old, and signed on with the WWE’s developmental programming in 2011, working her way up to the main roster in 2014 and eventually winning the Divas Championship on two occasions. Her recent road has been rocky, as she was suspended twice in 2016 for violating WWE's wellness policy and underwent neck surgery in October, both of which have kept her out of in-ring action.
The film will star Florence Pugh as Paige and Jack Lowden as her brother, Zak. Pugh recently starred in the Netflix series “Marcella” as Cara Thomas and “Lady Macbeth” as Katherine. Lowden appears in the upcoming Christopher Nolan war epic “Dunkirk,” and in “A United Kingdom” as Tony Benn.
The film will be directed, written and executive produced by Stephen Merchant, co-creator of the original UK version of “The Office" and "Extras," and co-creator and star of "Hello Ladies." He played Caliban in Fox's Wolverine solo film "Logan," scheduled for release next month.