Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is ready to get back into the ring — on the big screen.
Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden will star in Fighting With My Family, a new film about an aspiring female wrestler that will have a very big — Rock-sized — cameo.
Johnson, who soon will be seen in both Baywatch and Fate of the Furious, will executive produce the comedy-drama and play a cameo as himself.
The project, based on the true personal story of WWE Superstar Paige and her family of professional wrestlers, makes a lot of sense for Johnson, who first found fame as the professional wrestler The Rock.
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, both 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 the project.
Seven Bucks Productions’ Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia will executive produce while Kevin Misher of Misher Films will produce alongside WWE Studios President Michael Luisi. WWE Studios will co-finance the film with Film4. The film will start principal photography in Los Angeles and London this month.
“Back in 2012, I was in my hotel room in London and stumbled across a documentary on a local UK channel. 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,” said Johnson. “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.”
Johnson most recently voiced the character Maui in Disney’s animated film Moana and starred in Central Intelligence with Kevin Hart. The coming year will be a big one for him on the big screen, with The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch and Jumanji all hitting theaters. He’s repped by WME and Gang, Tyre.
Pugh is a rising star who appears in the Netflix series Marcella and also stars in the upcoming film Lady Macbeth, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to strong reviews. She’s repped by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates in the UK and Bloom Hergott.
Lowden soon will be seen in Amma Assante’s A United Kingdom and Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk. He also appeared in the War & Peace mini-series in 2016. He is repped by UTA and Conway van Gelder Grant in the UK.
Another media update as the Knight Dynasty were shown on ITV News Anglia tonight to discuss Paige becoming the new Divas Champion. You can watch the video above and check out screen captures using the link at the end of this post.
The daughter who left home to make her name in the wrestling ring conquers the world
In a world of drama and entertainment which has millions of devoted fans around the world, a female wrestler from Norwich has won the biggest title in the professional game.
ITV News Anglia first filmed with the Knights, a well known-wrestling family, back in 2003 when Saraya Jade-Bevis was just 12.
Now known as Paige and performing for WWE, she trained in her Dad’s gym near Mile Cross in the city.
On Monday night she became the women’s world champion.
Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia’s Luke Farrington
British Newspaper The Mirror have posted a new article on their website, where they have interviewed the new Divas Champion. You can check out the article below, along with photos from the website using the link at the end of this post.
WWE Divas champion Paige reveals proud parents were reduced to tears by daughter’s Raw debut and title win
Norwich-born double champ also confirms she has no intention of giving up her NXT Women’s title.
New WWE Divas champ Paige has revealed her proud mum and dad were reduced to tears by her historic title win and Raw debut this past Monday.
Parents Sweet Saraya and Ricky Knight are British wrestling veterans that have seen it all – but the enormity of their youngest child’s TV victory over AJ Lee left them bursting with emotion.
“Dad couldn’t say anything! He was silent but crying tears of joy,” Paige revealed to Mirror TV.
“Mum, however, couldn’t stop screaming!”
Paige also confirmed she has no intention of giving up her NXT Women’s title and concentrate on the company’s primary female championship.
Despite being only 21, Paige is hardly new to the sports entertainment game having been raised in a wrestling family – and making her own way in the ring since she was 13.
Now, Norwich’s favourite daughter is an international star – and the raven-haired ‘Anti Diva’ can talk more turkey with her opponents than East Anglia’s Bernard Matthews.
But it is apparent when speaking to Mirror TV she is still riding a wave of euphoria.
“I was so overwhelmed when the other Divas surprised me backstage with a group hug, it was almost like a pile on!” she said.
“But when it comes to business, I will take them all on. Bring it on!”
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Paige has been interviewed by The Independent, discussing her career thus far. Including her insane Raw Debut where she won the Divas Championship.
Norwich has seen its fair share of sporting heroes over the years. From Jeremy Goss’s wonder strike against Bayern Munich, to Anthony Ogogo’s heroic bronze medal at London 2012, sport has been as synonymous with the city as Alan Partridge.
The same year that the celebrity cook yelled out “where are you!” to tens of thousands of people, a 13-year-old girl made her debut as a professional wrestler in front of hundreds. Saraya-Jade Bevis, known as Paige in the WWE, was born in 1992, and yet is remarkably entering her ninth year as a professional grappler.
On Monday night, she became the first WWE Superstar – male or female – born in the nineties to win a Championship, becoming the youngest WWE Divas Champion of all time when she defeated long-term title holder AJ Lee on Raw. As if that wasn’t startling enough, it was also her first ever appearance on WWE’s flagship weekly show.
Speaking to The Independent on the phone from America, not even 24 hours after her triumph, the Diva was unsurprisingly on cloud nine, especially when asked about her feelings on becoming champion.
“Oh my gosh, you have no idea. I lost my mind. Firstly just being in the ring with AJ who I’ve always looked up to, she’s an incredible talent and a woman to be around, and then being on Raw is just insane. Continue reading
With England, and the world still buzzing over Paige’s victory last night, coverage of the event is making headlines. The Norwich Evening News, of Paige’s hometown; have posted this article covering the new Champions win.
21-year-old Saraya-Jade Bevis, or Paige, as she is known in WWE, is the current NXT Women’s Champion and, as of the early hours of yesterday, the WWE Divas Champion.
From a family of wrestlers, Saraya originally wanted to be a vet but got a taste of life in the ring at the age of just 13 when her dad asked her to stand in for someone else at the last minute.
Her brother Zak said the whole of Norwich had been behind Saraya, flooding his and other family members Facebook pages with messages of support.
“It shouldn’t be called Facebook today – it should be called Paigebook,” he said. “And she has been trending worldwide on Twitter all day. She was crying down the phone when I spoke to her, saying ‘I can’t believe I have done it’.”
Saraya, who was watched by millions across the globe, claimed the second title after stepping into the ring to congratulate world champion, AJ Lee. The American did not take kindly to her support and put her belt up for grabs in a challenge.
“My sister beat her in two minutes,” said Zak.
“And now she is double champion. We just can’t believe it.”
Saraya’s father, Ricky Knight, who is also a boxer said he was “over the moon” after watching his daughter on TV.
“Since she has been over in America, her success has been phenomenal,” he said.
“She has always trained and worked hard with her family but she was never interested in being a professional wrestler. After I asked her to stand in for someone when she was 13, she got the buzz and has never wanted to go back.”
Mr Knight said he was especially proud of his daughter for remaining humble throughout her incredible journey.
“I don’t think she will ever get an ego,” he said.
“She is just a normal girl, a girl that everyone loves.”
We have finally been granted the MTV/WWE access all areas media. You can check out the videos (which includes an interview with Paige), along with screen captures, using the links at the bottom of this post.
MTV has been granted EXCLUSIVE access behind-the-scenes at WWE’s brand new Performance Center.
This impressive facility in Orlando, Florida is where ring-rookies hone their craft in the hopes of making it to the big time under the bright lights of WWE.
Dreaming of being the next megastars – like WWE hero turned Hollywood God, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson or 11-time WWE World Champ John Cena, these young athletes are devoting their lives to a full-time gig at the Performance Center, learning every aspect of the industry.
From in-ring skills, fitness and performing on the mic, to character work, crowd-control and commentary, these super-athletic studs are being given a chance at success like no others have before them; as former World Champion and WWE Superstar Triple H tells MTV.
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