Dwayne Johnson has revealed the Young Rock cast today on his social channels. The 11-episode NBC series is a single-cam comedy inspired by Johnson himself.
The series will be executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan, Dwayne Johnson, Jeff Chiang, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Jennifer Carreras. The show will be produced by Universal Television, Seven Bucks Productions and Fierce Baby Productions.
The Young Rock pilot was co-written by Khan and Chiang. Johnson will appear in each episode as the focus and inspiration of the series will be about his formative years.
Johnson and Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions is a global entertainment force with film revenues exceeding $10 billion worldwide. Writer/director/showrunner Khan’s Fierce Baby Productions is a film and TV production company focused on amplifying new voices and perspectives in both comedy and drama.
In his post, Johnson says Young Rock is “series based on my wild and unpredictable childhood and formative years growing up. 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 series has officially started production.
The Young Rock Cast
Below, you can find photos of the Young Rock cast along with quotes from Dwayne Johnson about each actor.
“This kid Adrian Groulx 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 God parents 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.”
“Bradley Constant will take the reigns [sic] of playing me at 15 and clearly kicking puberty’s ass.”
“Coming in hot and lowering the University of Miami Book is Uli Latukefu! 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.”
“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.”
“Playing my mom Ata Johnson (aka Mama Rock) is the talented and lovely Stacey Leilua. 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. And still goes to smack me when I cuss.”
“And playing the OG original Rock – my pops, Rocky “Soulman” Johnson is the charismatic Joseph Lee Anderson. As you guys know my dad passed away earlier this year so this role is a special one and our first episode is dedicate to him.
“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. I miss him. This ones for you Ro.”