Dwayne Johnson begins production on Fighting With My Family
Dwayne Johnson has revealed (via Instagram) that principal photography has officially commenced on the real-life wrestling comedy/drama Fighting With My Family. The film, which will shoot in Los Angeles and London, started at the Staples center for a Monday Night Raw shoot. Check out photos of Johnson, Florence Pugh and director Stephen Merchant in the gallery below!
The cast also includes English actors Lena Headey and Nick Frost as Julia and Ricky Knight, parents of WWE Superstar Paige. Johnson will play a role in the film, along with rising star Florence Pugh, who will play WWE Superstar Paige, and Jack Lowden, who will play her brother, Zak. Vince Vaughn will portray an 80’s wrestling star who squandered his money and opportunities.
The film is inspired by the Channel 4 British documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family and tells the story of 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. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and when brother and sister get the chance to audition for WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible as athletes and siblings. Wrestling has always kept this family together — but now it could tear them apart.
Stephen Merchant (The Office, Hello Ladies) will write, direct and executive produce Fighting With My Family.
Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia will serve as executive producers. Kevin Misher of Misher Films will produce alongside WWE Studios President Michael Luisi. WWE Studios are co-financing the film with Film4, who have developed the project from its inception.