In a new teaser for the upcoming comedy Fighting with My Family, The Rock has specific advice for two aspiring professional wrestlers. Dwayne Johnson not only steps into character as his famous WWE persona, but offers a lyrical monologue on charisma and trash talk in a scene from the film.
Directed by longtime Ricky Gervais collaborator Stephen Merchant, the film is based on The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, Max Fisher’s Channel 4 documentary about Saraya-Jade Bevis, otherwise known as Paige. In 2011, the British athlete signed with the WWE and ultimately became the youngest woman to win the Divas Championship at age 21. The feature film retains the same premise starring Florence Pugh as Paige, with Nick Frost and Games of Thrones' Lena Headey portraying her parents. Fighting with My Family explores family dynamics and the issues that arise when Paige receives a WWE contract. Vince Vaughn makes a guest appearance as Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and The Rock plays himself.
Seven Bucks Companies’ Dany Garcia posted Fighting with My Family's first-look teaser on Twitter. In the clip, Pugh and co-star Jack Lowden literally run into The Rock during a try-out competition. When asked for advice, Johnson seamlessly transitions into character, as he berates the shaken youngsters for interrupting him while offering a comedic commentary on Paige’s complexion. In addition, he also breaks into a lively Oliver Twist impression, merely to break the will and spirit of Paige’s brother. And by that moment, the 60-second teaser is only half over. For the remainder, The Rock manages to reference Mary Poppins, her umbrella, an unfortunate use of said umbrella, and even Harry Potter, too. Overall, it’s a funny monologue clip that showcases the performance traits that elevated The Rock to superstardom.
Guiding @SevenBucksProd has been so rewarding. Our growing slate is beginning to include the powerful female narrative! Congrats to our partners @WWE and our powerful cast in bringing to life @RealPaigeWWE’s journey to the #WWE. Enjoy this 1st look at #FightingWithMyFamily 😉 pic.twitter.com/lmNykFfYMf— Dany Garcia (@DanyGarciaCo) April 9, 2018
In response to Garcia’s tweet, fans offered their approval with a varied assortment of enthusiastic responses. Some feel nostalgic for The Rock’s glory years, while others expressed support for the film’s younger stars. Meanwhile, Paige offered her thanks via her personal Twitter account. As Screen Rant noted last February, Fighting with My Family could very well become the most revelatory film about professional wrestling ever.
With an international superstar like The Rock attached, Fighting with My Family undoubtedly has mass commercial appeal. Plus, Merchant is well versed in scripted comedy. The wildcard may be Pugh, the film's 22-year-old lead actress. But given that she received numerous accolades for her performance as Katherine Lester in the 2016 movie Lady MacBeth, Fighting with My Family seems destined to succeed.
Fighting with My Family begins playing in U.S. theaters on Friday, September 14 and premieres in the UK two weeks later.
Source: Dany Garcia