Fresh off his role as the hotheaded Sergeant Howell in Mel Gibson’s WWII epic Hacksaw Ridge, Vince Vaughn has closed a deal to board Fighting With My Family, the buzzworthy wrestling pic set to document the life and career of WWE superstar Paige.
Confirmation of Vaughn’s casting comes to us via Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram feed – ever a hive of activity – and we understand the former WWE star will hold a small cameo role in the upcoming drama. Stephen Merchant of The Office fame will write and direct Fighting With My Family, presiding over a starry cast that features Jack Lowden (Paige’s brother Jack), Lena Headey (Julia, Paige’s mother) and Nick Frost, who climbed on board alongside the Game of Thrones actress to portray Paige’s father, Ricky.
Indeed, The Rock’s Instagram post does offer up some enticing details relating to Vaughn’s character. He’ll portray an ’80s burnout, essentially, a former wrestler who “squandered his money and opportunities because he didn’t have the capacity to handle his fame.” It has all the makings of a juicy, nuanced role for Vince Vaughn, and we’re excited to hear that the actor will be extending his stretch in the realm of character-driven drama following Hacksaw Ridge.
Our @sevenbucksprod is excited to welcome Vince Vaughn to our #FightingWithMyFamily cast. He loved the script and sank his teeth into it embodying this character. He's playing a man who I know all too well and those of you who follow wrestling history know well too. The 80's wrestling star who squandered his money and opportunities because he didn't have the capacity to handle his fame. One bad decision after another, but these days he owns his past actions and does everything he can to give back to the wrestling business he loves. Vince has been a buddy of mine for years and I'm fired up to see what he brings to this role. I grew up in and love this wild, crazy and unpredictable world of pro wrestling. Our little passion project is coming together nicely. More casting news to come. Production starts tomorrow. Let's shoot! #FightingWithMyFamily #VinceVaughn #SevenBucksProds #MisherFilms #Film4 #WWEFilms #SquaredCircleDNA
This casting coup also heralds a reunion for Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson, who last collaborated for Get Shorty sequel, Be Cool. Fighting With My Family is worlds away from F. Gary Gray’s crime caper though, and we understand production will get going in earnest tomorrow, with more casting news to come.
As for Vince Vaughn, the actor has already teed up another project with Mel Gibson. They’ll reteam for Dragged Across Concrete, a button-pressing drama revolving around police brutality.