Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays himself in the trailer for Fighting with My Family, a comedy/drama inspired by professional wrestler Paige's real-life story. The film is specifically based on Max Fisher's 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, which explores Saraya-Jade Bevis' journey to becoming WWE sensation Paige in an up closer and personal fashion.
Written and directed by Stephen Merchant (who also has a small role in the film), Fighting with My Family stars Florence Pugh as Paige, a young English woman who makes her living wrestling alongside her brother Zak (Jack Lowden), mother Julia (Lena Headey), and reformed gangster father Ricky (Nick Frost) in smaller venues. However, everything changes when Paige and Zak are offered a shot at trying out for the WWE - something that challenges their relationship in new and unexpected ways, as the pair try and make their dreams of wrestling superstardom come true.
MGM has now released an official trailer for Fighting with My Family, a few months ahead of its theatrical release next February. Much like the Fighting with My Family teaser did before it, this new preview plays up The Rock's involvement to help sell the movie (even though his actual role is very much supporting in nature). You can check it out, below.
Judging by the trailer, Fighting with My Family may yet succeed in blending comedy with thoughtful character drama, much like Merchant has done in the past on projects like the original British The Office, Extras, and Hello Ladies (all of which he co-created). Pugh, for her part, has continued to make a name for herself of late with roles in Lady Macbeth and Outlaw King, as well as The Little Drummer Girl TV miniseries. Between her promising leading turn here and her role in Greta Gerwig's Little Women (which opens late next year), 2019 is shaping up to another fruitful 12 months for the rising star.
Fighting with My Family itself will face off with the big-budget Alita: Battle Angel, rom-com parody Isn't It Romantic, and Blumhouse horror/comedy sequel Happy Death Day 2U, when it premieres at the U.S. box office next February. Fortunately, Merchant's film is a relatively low-budget venture and, thus, doesn't need to break the bank in order to turn a profit. So long as the movie has support from critics and good word of mouth working in its favor, it should become a commercial success... and, in doing so, give The Rock yet another hit to add to his ever-growing resume.
UPDATE: Fighting with My Family has now officially moved back a week to February 22, where it will open against How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.