News: Stephen Merchant to direct Dwayne Johnson wrestling movie

stephenmerchantStephen Merchant has been getting some Hollywood attention lately, as he’s been cast as Caliban in the forthcoming X-Men movie Logan. You may recognize the name as Ricky Gervais’ collaborator in creating The Office and Extras, as well as co-host of their radio projects and podcasts, The Ricky Gervais Show. In 2013, he wrote and starred in his own TV show Hello Ladies, which was also the name of his standup tour at the time as well as the 2014 movie. Now, it’s announced that he will write and direct Fighting with my Family, a dramady starring The Rock.

Deadline reports:

It smells like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is cooking up a hot wrestling project: His banner Seven Bucks Productions, which he co-founded with Dany Garcia, is teaming with Misher Films, WWE Studios and Film4 to produce upcoming feature film Fighting With My Family. The comedy-drama is set to be written and directed by Stephen Merchant (The Office) and is based on the true story of WWE star Paige and her family of professional wrestlers.

IGN reports that British actors Lean Headey (Game of Thrones) and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) will also appear in the movie.

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