As if news of The Rock’s return to the wrestling world wasn’t exciting enough, Dwayne Johnson and his prolific Seven Bucks Productions have gathered together an exciting roster of talent for Fighting With My Family, the true-life drama poised to chronicle the life and career of WWE superstar Paige.
On the heels of Vince Vaughn’s casting, Johnson’s Instagram feed has confirmed today that Kim Matula, Ellie Gonsalves and Aqueela Zoll have capped off the film’s casting spree just as production gets underway. The post stops short of mentioning how each of their respective characters factor into the story, but given how Johnson alludes to their training regimes both in and out of the ring, it seems safe to assume that Matula, Gonsalves and Zoll will play three WWE Divas.
Elsewhere, writer-director Stephen Merchant (The Office, Portal) will shepherd Fighting With My Family as director, and is now overseeing a cast list that features Vaughn, Jack Lowden (Paige’s brother Jack), Lena Headey (Julia, Paige’s mother), Nick Frost (Paige’s father, Ricky), those aforementioned new recruits and Dwayne Johnson himself, who is expected to hold a small cameo role as The Rock.
Great things come in 3's. Our @sevenbucksprod wants to welcome our #3Divas to #FightingWithMyFamily. @kimbpics (left), @Aqueela (right), and one of the hardest workers I know, @ellie_gonsalves (middle). These fierce women have been focused, studying and working extremely hard in and out of the ring to deliver a solid performance in their roles. Production starts today. Time for these ladies to step up. Let's shoot. #FightingWithMyFamily #Divas #Gonsalves #Matula #Zoll #SevenBucksProd
The cameras, they are a-rolling on the set of Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family. No release date to report just yet, but given the project’s relatively intimate nature, a late 2017 launch isn’t out of the question.
Now that most, if not all of the casting announcements have been made, what are your initial impressions of Dwayne Johnson’s wrestling-themed passion project? Are you excited to hear that the Hollywood superstar is taking a break from the blockbuster scene to revisit his roots? Do let us know.