Young Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Sitcom Sets Cast
Fans will be excited to learn that this show has still been cooking throughout 2020.
Way back in January--before the coronavirus was a fact of life in America--it was reported that NBC had ordered Young Rock, a new series about WWE superstar and actor Dwayne Johnson's childhood and early wrestling career. Today, finally, there is news: Casting on the show has been successfully moving forward, and the sitcom has found 10, 15, and 20-year-old Dwayne Johnsons, suggesting that the show will feature several older but still young Rocks. According to Johnson's Instagram, the series has also cast the roles of dad Rocky Johnson, mom Ata Johnson, and grandmother/wrestling promoter Lia Malivia.
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#YOUNGROCK Coming in hot and lowering the University of MIAMI BOOM 🏈💥 is @ulilatukefu! Playing at THE U - these years were some of my most defining. The highs are incredible, but the lows were critical. 275lbs of upper body violence, attitude and clearly eating too much pizza. #NationalChampions #TheU #YOUNGROCK @sevenbucksprod @NBC
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Stepping in to play young Rock at 10 years old will be Adrian Groulx, at 15 years old Bradley Constant, and at 20 years old will be Uli Latufeku. According to official NBC character bios, Johnson's journey through those ages will see him grow from an "honest, headstrong, impressionable and bold" young child to a teenager whose "size and full mustache have his classmates convinced he's an undercover cop," and then at 20 sidelined as a football player on a full scholarship at University of Miami who has "a devastating injury his freshman year [putting] his life at a crossroads."
Further filling out the cast will be Stacey Leilua as Ata, Joseph Lee Anderson as Rocky, and Ana Tuisila as Lia. The show is a collaboration between The Rock and Fresh Off the Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan. It's co-written by Khan and Jeff Chiang, and Johnson himself will reportedly be appearing in all 11 episodes of the show's initial run.
The forthcoming series, which has no premiere date yet, further extends Johnson's relationship with NBC. He has been hosting the network's sports competition reality series The Titan Games since 2019.
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