Funnyman Stephen Merchant – who will next be seen in the Wolverine sequel Logan – is teaming with Dwayne Johnson for the wrestling movie Fighting With My Family.
According to Deadline, the gangly British comic will make his solo directorial debut – he had previously helmed Cemetery Junction with long-time comedy partner Ricky Gervais – with the film, which is based on a true story of an English family of wrestlers who get the chance to a lifetime to audition for the WWE.
Florence Pugh (TV’s Marcella) will play the daughter Saraya – now better known as WWE wrestler Paige – while Jack Lowden (Dunkirk) will play her brother Jake.
WWE Studios will produce Fighting With My Family with the UK production house Film4, with Johnson and Merchant serving as executive producers.
The film is loosely based on the British reality TV doco The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family, which Johnson stumbled upon in 2012 on a visit to London.
“Back in 2012, I was in my hotel room in London and stumbled across a documentary on a local UK channel,” he told Deadline. “Not only was I intrigued by this loving and wild family, but I also felt it’s the kind of narrative that would make an amazing movie. The Knights’ journey is a universal one that all families are familiar with. I relate to Saraya and her wrestling family on such a personal level and it means so much that I can help tell their story.”