A movie is on the way about British WWE star Paige and her family with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nick Frost and Lena Headey all signed up for parts.
“Fighting with my Family” is based on a 2012 Channel 4 Documentary of the same name. It followed a year in the life of Paige’s family, The Knights, as they tried to revive British wrestling. Paige has since made it big in WWE. Stephen Merchant, co-creator of sitcom The Office, is going to direct. When it was filmed Paige was known as Britani Knight, and alongside her mum, dad and brother she used to put on wrestling nights in Norfolk.
Now she’s the youngest ever winner of WWE’s Divas Championship, with nearly two million followers on Twitter. She’s currently taking time off with a neck injury.
21-year-old British actress Florence Pugh will play Paige in the film.
Nick Frost will play Ricky Knight her dad
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey will play her mum.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) 8 February 2017
As well as featuring in the movie himself, former wrestler Dwayne Johnson is one of its executive producers.
“Back in 2012, I was in my hotel room in London and stumbled across a documentary on a local UK channel,” he explains.
“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.”
Stephen Merchant has written the script.
“When Dwayne sent me the documentary, I didn’t think I’d be interested in a story about wrestling,” he says.
“Until I realised this is not really about wrestling at all, it’s about a young woman, her family and their struggles – which are funny, sad, tough, tender and ultimately inspiring.
“And just happen to involve people in spandex throwing each other about.”