Upcoming Baywatch star and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson is getting back into the ring — on screen, that is. He will executive produce and have a cameo in FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY, a new film from writer-director Stephen Merchant and starring Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden.
The project is based on the real-life story of Saraya-Jade Bevis, an English wrestler who goes by the ring name Paige, performing for WWE and the Raw brand. In turn, it’s inspired by the Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, which tells the story of Bevis and her family, including her dad who’s a reformed gangster and former wrestler.
As both Bevis and her brother Zak entered the world of WWE, they discover unexpected challenges, both in becoming professional wrestlers and for their family at its core.
According to Johnson, he saw the documentary while he was in London and was struck by the narrative and felt it “would make an amazing movie.” He also expressed a personal connection to Bevis, stating: “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.”
Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are set to co-executive produce with Johnson while Kevin Misher of Misher Films will produce alongside WWE Studios President Michael Luisi.
Recently, Johnson voiced the Polynesian demigod Maui in Disney’s animated film Moana. He has several big titles coming up on his resume, including Baywatch with Zac Efron, The Fate of the Furious, and the Jumanji remake. He’s repped by WME and Grant Tani Barash & Altman.
Pugh is the lead in the upcoming Lady Macbeth, which received strong reviews at Toronto. She also appeared in the Netflix series Marcella and the 2015 film The Falling. She’s repped by WME.
Lowden recently appeared in the drama Denial alongside Rachel Weisz as well as the BBC adaptation of War & Peace as Nikolai Rostov. He can next be seen in the period films A United Kingdom and Dunkirk. He’s repped by Conway van Gelder Grant in the U.K. and UTA.
Merchant is the director and writer of the 2010 film Cemetery Junction starring Tom Hughes, Ralph Fiennes, and Felicity Jones. As an actor, he can next be seen in the highly anticipated film Logan and the romantic dramedy Table 19. He’s repped by United Agents in the U.K. and WME.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.