Dwayne Johnson, best known to wrestling fans as The Rock before becoming a Hollywood box office star, is looking to a return to the squared circle. But it won’t be at this year’s WrestleMania or any WWE event; it will be as part of a wrestling project that his Seven Buck Productions will co-produce with Misher Films, WWE Studios, and Film4.
The film is called Wrestling with My Family and it will be written and directed by Stephen Merchant (The Office, Hello Ladies) and is based on the true story of WWE female superstar Paige and her wrestling family.
According to Deadline, the film was inspired by the British documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family.
Johnson will have a supporting role, while Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) will play Paige.
Film4 has been developing this project for some time but with Dwayne Johnson now on board and WWE Studios co-financing, shooting is expected to ramp up later this month in both Los Angeles and London. Johnson has wanted to bring this story to the big screen ever since he saw the original documentary back in 2012.
“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. 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.”