With shooting set to kick off shortly, Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas) is continuing to play main marketeer and public relations rep for the new based on truth wrestling film he is producing and cameoing in. Johnson has announced via Instagram that Vince Vaughn (Hacksaw Ridge) will appear in Fighting With My Family.
Stephen Merchant (Cemetery Junction) is on script and directorial duty, basing the film on the real life experiences of WWE star Paige – also know as Saraya-Jade Bevis Miller – and her family of professional wrestlers. The movie will see Nick Frost (Paul) as her father, a reformed gangster and former wrestler, his wife (Lena Headey) and their children, who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. The parents want a better life for their children, and when the siblings get the chance to audition for the WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, the brother and sister are about to learn that becoming a WWE superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible. Florence Pugh (The Falling) is playing Paige, with Jack Lowden (Denial) as her brother Zak.
According to Johnson's Instagram post on the casting, Vaughn will be "playing a man who I know all too well and those of you who follow wrestling history know well too. The 80's wrestling star who squandered his money and opportunities because he didn't have the capacity to handle his fame. One bad decision after another, but these days he owns his past actions and does everything he can to give back to the wrestling business he loves."
Inspired by the Channel 4 documentary on Paige and her family, The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family (which Johnson watched early one morning while shooting Fast 6 in London), this one comes from Film4 and MGM Studios.
Vaughn, most recently seen in Hacksaw Ridge, has worked on Brawl In Cell Block 99 and new drama The Forgiven.