DWAYNE ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s new biopic series airs on NBC on February 17 at 8 pm.
The 11-episode single-cam show is executive produced by Fresh Off The Boat’s Nahnatchka Khan, who has co-written the pilot with Jeff Chiang.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ JohnsonCredit: AP:Associated Press
Young Rock: Who’s in the cast of the NBC show?
Earlier this year it was revealed Dwayne, who first found fame as a WWE star, was set to star in his NBC comedy series and would also executive produce the project centred on his formative years, through Seven Bucks Productions.
Three actors play the younger versions of Johnson – Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, Uli Latukefu portray the titular superstar at ages 10, 15, and 20.
Stacey Leilua plays his mother, Ata Johnson, Joseph Lee Anderson as his father and Heavyweight Champion Rocky Johnson, and Ana Tuisila as his grandmother Lia Maivia.
André the Giant (Matthew Willig ), The Iron Sheik (Brett Azar), and Junkyard Dog (Nate Jackson) will also make appearances.
Joseph Lee Anderson as Rocky Johnson, from left, Adrian Groulx as Dwayne and Stacey Leilua as Ata JohnsonCredit: AP:Associated Press
It was revealed the biopic recruited two star-studded additions to its cast in the form of Kevin Makely and Adam Ray.
After leaving fans sobbing with Young Rock’s first trailer, and Dwayne’s tribute to his father, the stars playing Macho Man Randy Savage and WWE chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon, have now been revealed.
Kevin Makely will play Macho Man Randy SavageCredit: kevinmakely/Instagram
What is Young Rock about?
The wrestler-turned-actor‘s new project will follow his life through his childhood, teenage years and adolescence.
Announcing the new show on social media, Dwayne, who is expected to appear in each episode, likened his life to Forrest Gump and promised the series would show “the good, the bad, the ugly”.
In an earlier Instagram post, he wrote: “I’ve seen it all my friends – success, failure, homelessness, evictions, suicide attempts, arrests, hard times, good times, low times, high times.
“And all this s**t happened to me by the time I turned 21. This is a show about my young life. And the lessons I learned. The good, the bad, the ugly but ALWAYS FUNNY.”
“Excited to bring you on this journey of taking a look at my past life, thru the lens of what the future holds. And who knows what that might be.”
Where did Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson grow up?
The Baywatch star was born in Hayward, California, where he lived with his mother Ata Johnson, professional wrestler dad Rocky Johnson and siblings Curtis and Wanda Bowles.
Dwayne briefly lived in New Zealand with his mother’s family as a child before he returned to the US.
Following his time in Auckland, he lived in North Carolina, Connecticut, Hawaii, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
After getting evicted from his apartment in Waikiki aged 14, he turned to crime and used to be part of a group who would target tourists.
Young Rock will feature famous wrestlers that shaped Dwayne Johnson’s lifeCredit: NBC Universal
By the time he was 17, Dwayne had been arrested multiple times for fighting, theft, and check fraud.
Following his tough upbringing, the actor found fame as The Rock in 1997 and transitioned into acting with the 2001 movie The Mummy Returns, followed by 2002 spin-off The Scorpion King.
In August, he was named by Forbes as the highest-paid actor of 2019 after raking in $89.4million.