Dwayne Johnson has revealed the cast for “Young Rock”, his upcoming NBC comedy series inspired by his life. Dwayne shared the cast with a brief at his Instagram page. “Young Rock” will chronicle Johnson’s formative years, with Dwayne set to appear in each episode. It received a straight-to-series order in January. Johnson announced the cast with photos on Instagram.
“@bradleyconstant will take the reigns of playing me at 15 and clearly kicking puberty’s ass 😂💪🏾”. Dwayne mentioned the actor to play the cast of 15-Year-old Dwayne Johnson.
Dwayne briefed the actress to play the role of his mother as “And playing my mom @atajohnson aka Mama Rock is the talented and lovely @staceyleilua. Many of you know my mom’s story – cancer survivor, gone thru hell and back, incredible life and still the sweetest human being on the planet. And still goes to smack me when I cuss 😂🤦🏽♂️”.
“And playing the OG original Rock – my pops, Rocky “Soulman” Johnson is the charismatic @iamjosephleeanderson 💥. As you guys know my dad passed away earlier this year so this role is a special one and our first episode is dedicated to him 🙏🏾. My dad was a true trailblazer and broke colour barriers all across our country in the 60s, 70s & 80s. One-half of the first black tag team champions (with Tony Atlas) my pops was a bad dude in the game. I miss him. This one for you, Rock”. Dwayne mentioned Joseph Lee who is in the cast to play his Dad’s role.
“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”. Marcopolo star Uli Latukefu will appear on the screen as 20-year old Dwayne Johnson.
The Rock made a long description of his grandma’s role. Ana Tuisila will appear on the screen as Lia Mavia. “This role is a special one and HIGHLY entertaining. Playing my grandma, Lia Maivia will be the one of a kind, Ana Tuisila. Cool backstory: My grandmother, Lia Maivia was pro wrestling’s first women’s promoter. She HAD TO BE tough as nails in a male-dominated, shark-infested world of wrestling.
She set the bar for tough business practices and also set the bar for how loving a sweet grandma could be to her only grandson – me ☺️. She was also charged by the feds for extortion, eventually deported, became homeless and lost everything in the early ’90s. Crazy life. I was blessed enough to help change that hard time scenario around and get her back on her feet. Her journey was unreal and can’t wait for you guys to watch!” Dwayne briefed.
The role of 10-year-old Dwayne will be played by Adrian Groulx. Dwayne is having much more to brief about his childhood, he even revealed his nickname “little Dewey”. Rock briefed as “This kid @adriangroulx is our anchor and my hero 👊🏾. He’s got the hardest job of ‘em of all, playing “little Dewey” – yes, unfortunately, that was the nickname my Godparents gave me after the weather – as in dewdrops. Jesus. 🤦🏽♂️😂
At 10yrs old, I was rambunctious as all hell 😈, was already girl crazy 😜 and loved pro wrestling — especially the part when wrestlers would bleed 🩸🥴💀🤣. This kid, Adrian, is my hero because I look back at this time in my life so fondly and how I viewed the world thru my 10yr old eyes. I was all these things but at the core, I was a sweet little boy and a complicated little cub 🐻 who just needed guidance. Years later here we are and I did alright 🙏🏾👊🏾. This passion project is special and I’m boundless grateful to EVERYONE who is lending their talents, passion, love and mana to bring it to life”.
The project comes from Johnson and Fresh Off the Boat creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan. Production is expected to start soon in Australia.