NBC’s “Young Rock” has found its Young Rock — and also two slightly older (but still young) Rocks. The series about the upbringing of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has also cast the roles of dad Rocky Johnson, mom Ata Johnson and grandmother/wrestling promoter Lia Maivia.
Adrian Groulx will play 10-year-old Dwayne (Dewey, back then), Bradley Constant will play high school Dwayne and Uli Latukefu will play college Dwayne, NBC said on Wednesday.
In college, Dwayne Johnson won the NCAA National Championship in football at the University of Miami. Though his pro football career never really took off, Dwayne followed in his family footsteps to pursue a career in professional wrestling and, eventually, conquered Hollywood.
Joseph Lee Anderson has been cast as second generation pro-wrestler Rocky Johnson, Stacey Leilua will play Ata Johnson and Ana Tuisila will play Lia Maivia.
Dwayne Johnson is considered an honorary member of the famous Anoa’i wrestling family. The American Samoan family includes Jimmy and Jay Uso, Nia Jax, Roman Reigns, Rikishi, Yokozuna, Umaga, Tamina Snuka, and The Wild Samoans.
Below are NBC’s character descriptions for the main cast.
Adrian Groulx as Dwayne Johnson (AKA Dewey), Age 10: Honest, headstrong, impressionable and bold.
Bradley Constant as Dwayne Johnson, Age 15: Doing his best to fit in as a normal teenager but puberty has other ideas. His size and full mustache have his classmates convinced he’s an undercover cop.
Uli Latukefu as Dwayne Johnson, Age 18-20: Has just been recruited to play football on a full scholarship at powerhouse University of Miami. Though a super-star talent, a devastating injury his freshman year puts his life at a crossroads.
Stacey Leilua as Ata Johnson, Dwayne’s mother: Grew up in a first generation pro wrestling family. A strong woman, both by nature and necessity, she’s a hopeful positive force in young Dwayne’s life.
Joseph Lee Anderson as Rocky Johnson, Dwayne’s father: Charismatic and charming, the pro wrestling champion juggles the ups and downs of his career with being a well-intentioned, but unorthodox, husband and father.
Ana Tuisila as Lia Maivia, Ata’s mother and Dwayne’s grandmother: The first female pro-wrestling promoter in the country. A sweet loving grandmother and when need be, a cutthroat, ruthless businesswoman.
“Young Rock” hails from The Rock and “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan. Written by Khan and Jeff Chiang, the single-camera comedy will chronicle Johnson’s early years. The actor and former WWF and WWE superstar is also set to appear in all 11 episodes.
Executive producers on the series include Khan, Johnson, Chiang, Dany Garcia of Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Jennifer Carreras. The show will be produced by Universal Television, Seven Bucks and Khan’s Fierce Baby Productions.
“Young Rock” extends NBC’s relationship with Johnson, who also hosts the game show “The Titan Games” for the network.
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Get ready to meet a young Dwayne Johnson — three times over!
On Wednesday, the 48-year-old actor revealed the main cast for Young Rock, the upcoming NBC comedy series that is inspired by and based on his life.
When the show premieres in 2021, Adrian Groulx will portray Johnson at age 10, while Bradley Constant will play Johnson at age 15. Marco Polo star Uli Latukefu will then step in as Johnson from the ages of 18 to 20, when he’s recruited to play football at the University of Miami.
Stacey Leilua has been cast as Johnson’s mother, Ata Johnson, and his late father Rocky Johnson will be played by Joseph Lee Anderson. Ana Tuisila will also star as Lia Maivia, Ata’s mother and Johnson’s grandmother.
According to NBC, the series will be all about Johnson’s formative years, and the actor himself will appear in each episode.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that Young Rock will film in Australia over the next 18 months. The comedy received a straight-to-series order in January.
In his first Instagram post revealing the cast for the series, Johnson introduced Constant, writing that he “will take the reigns [sic] of playing me at 15 and clearly kicking puberty’s ass 😂💪🏾,” alongside a younger picture of himself.
Per NBC, a teenage Johnson is “doing his best to fit in as a normal teenager but puberty has other ideas,” and “his size and full mustache have his classmates convinced he’s an undercover cop.”
In his next post, Johnson introduced the “talented and lovely” actress who will portray his mother.
“Many of you know my moms story – cancer survivor, gone thru hell and back, incredible life and still the sweetest human being on the planet,” he wrote. “And still goes to smack me when I cuss 😂🤦🏽♂️”
NBC adds that Johnson’s mother is “a strong woman, both by nature and necessity, she’s a hopeful positive force in young Dwayne’s life.”
“As you guys know my dad passed away earlier this year so this role is a special one and our first episode is dedicate [sic] to him 🙏🏾,” Johnson wrote. “My dad was a true trail blazer and broke color 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.”
He added: “I miss him. This ones for you Rock.”
Next up, Johnson introduced Latukefu, who he says will bring some the most “defining” moments in his life to the smalls screen.
“The highs are incredible, but the lows were critical,” he said.
Johnson then noted that Tuisila’s role is a “special one and HIGHLY entertaining,” before he included more insight into her backstory.
“My grandmother, Lia Maivia was pro wrestling’s first women’s promoter,” he wrote. “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 ☺️,” he added. “She was also charged by the feds for extortion, eventually deported, became homeless and lost everything in the early 90’s. Crazy life.”
He concluded: “I was blessed enough to help change that hard time scenario around and get her back on her feet.”
And finally, Johnson shared that Groulx will be playing a younger version of himself, calling the actor, “our anchor and my hero 👊🏾”
“At 10yrs old, I was rambunctious as all hell 😈, was already girl crazy 😜 and loved pro wrestling — especially the part when wrestlers would bleed 🩸🥴💀🤣,” Johnson shared.
He added: “I was all these things but at the core I was a sweet little boy and a complicated little cub 🐻 who just needed guidance.”
Earlier this year, the retired professional wrestler was once again named Hollywood’s highest-paid male actor, earning an estimated $87.5 million in the last fiscal year ending June 2020, according to Forbes.
The majority of Johnson’s earnings come from his forthcoming Netflix film, Red Notice, for which he made $23.5 million. In addition, the star has made big bucks from his successful Under Armour line, Project Rock.
Last year, Johnson was also the highest-paid male actor at $89.4 million, taking in paychecks from his roles in the Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, the 2018 action film Skyscraper, and the HBO comedy Ballers.
According to Forbes, the 10 top male earners combined made $545.5 million this year — more than a quarter of that from Netflix.
And of course, Johnson holds a very special title: PEOPLE’s 2016 Sexiest Man Alive.Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting.