Stephen Merchant, The Office’s co-creator and writer-actor in film and TV such as Extras, Life’s Too Short, Hello Ladies and Cemetary Junction, writes and directs true WWE story Fight With My Family featuring Dwayne Johnson back as his wrestling persona The Rock.
Stephen Merchant writes and directs Fighting With My Family, a biopic based on the true story of WWE wrestler Paige (aka Saraya-Jade Bevis) based on the 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family.
Produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who also cameos in the film, Merchant’s story follows Paige as she and her brother Zak audition for roles in the WWE and how that impacts a family with a long history of professional wrestling.
Indeed, parents Patrick Bevis and Julia Hamer-Bevis unknowingly wrestled when Julia was seven months pregnant with Paige. Initially uninterested in the profession, Paige, then known by her given name, Saraya, thought she’d grow up to be a zoologist.
But at 13, she made her official debut in the World Association of Wrestling, a promotion run by her family. She went on to hold several championships on the independent circuit before travelling from Europe to the USA to sign a contract with WWE in 2011. She started wrestling within its developmental systems culminating into her main event debut in 2014 where she won the Divas Championship and became the youngest champion in the title’s history aged 21.
Starring Florence Pugh as Paige alongside Lena Headey, Nick Frost and Jack Lowden with Vince Vaughn, Stephen Merchant and Dwayne Johnson, Fighting With My Family looks like it’ll be a surefire feelgood hit when it arrives in cinemas in March.
Fighting With My Family is released in UK cinemas on March 1.