DWAYNE TO MAKE BIOPIC ON PAIGE

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

Wrestler-turned-ac­tor Dwayne John­son (above, right) is help­ing to bring the life story of fel­low WWE star Paige to the big screen in a new com­edy drama.

The ac­tor will re­turn to his ring roots for the film, Fight­ing With My Fam­ily, which will be based on the Bri­tish sportswoman’s rise to fame within her fam­ily of wrestlers. The project was in­spired by UK TV doc­u­men­tary, The Wrestlers: Fight­ing With My Fam­ily and will be writ­ten, di­rected and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Stephen Mer­chant, re­ports Dead­line.

The film will be Mer­chant’s first gig as a solo fea­ture film di­rec­tor, af­ter pre­vi­ously work­ing with com­edy part­ner Ricky Ger­vais on 2010’s Ceme­tery Junc­tion.

John­son will serve as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer via his Seven Bucks Pro­duc­tions unit, while he also plans to take on a role in the bi­o­graph­i­cal movie. Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Be­vis, will be por­trayed on-screen by ac­tor Florence Pugh (right), along­side War & Peace star Jack Low­den, who will play her brother Zak Zo­diac, a fel­low wrestler.

Paige and Zak’s par­ents, re­formed gangster Ian Be­vis and his wife Ju­lia HamerBe­vis, also used to grap­ple in the ring un­der the stage names Ricky Knight and Sweet Saraya - and John­son first came up with the idea of turn­ing their story into a film back in 2012. Film­ing is due to be­ing in Los An­ge­les and Lon­don later this month.

PHOTO: EM­MANUEL WONG/GETTY IM­AGES

PHOTO: IAN GA­VAN/GETTY IM­AGES

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