Things are moving fast on Fighting With My Family, the movie based on Paige’s family and her rise to WWE being produced by The Rock and WWE Studios.
Not only is the cast in place, but filming has already begun. And with Raw in Los Angeles, the director Stephen Merchant is taking advantage of having a set basically built for them by WWE.
Dwayne Johnson, who seems to be playing himself, has been sending out updates on social media - including this one, which gives us a first-look at Florence Pugh as Paige:
Very cool to watch our amazing/bad ass @florencepugh embody the role of real life WWE Superstar Paige. We shot some great scenes together today that reflected my real life pivotal conversations I had with Paige. Very interesting to relive and shoot those moments. I appreciate our entire crew and actors working tirelessly on a Sunday. THANK YOU! The 6'7 stud standing with us, is our director/writer @stephenmerchant. Brilliant filmmaker and loved worldwide. I still think he's an asshole. We're bringing our production to rock the Staples Center tomorrow night for RAW. #OnSet #ClockinThoseLongSundayHours #FightingWithMyFamily
And indicating he got a chance to work with his Be Cool co-star Vince Vaughn, who most signs point to playing Jake “The Snake” Roberts:
I reunite with this cream puff today. We shoot our scenes in a couple of hours. He's been fantastic in the role. #FightingWithMyFamily https://t.co/8x2i7En4Ar— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 19, 2017
With the production planning to film on Monday night in order to take advantage of a Staples Center full of extras, there are rumors going around that The Rock will be on Raw. There’s nothing in Rocky’s numerous posts on the shoot which rule that out, but there’s indicators we shouldn’t get our hopes up. The above Instagram says “the production” will be at Raw, not that he will, and a separate one says “I shoot all my scenes this Sunday”.
Now, even if he’s not on Merchant’s set, Johnson is in the Southern California area shooting the upcoming season of HBO’s Ballers. And it’s not like the tireless box office superstar hasn’t found a way to squeeze 20-30 script-free minutes for a WWE television appearance into his busy schedule in the past.
We’ll just have to tune in and find out. While we’re waiting, we can try to spot Thea Trinidad’s Divas champion and guess if she’s playing Candice Michelle, Layla El, Melina, AJ Lee or some amalgamation of pre-”Women’s Evolution” female Superstars.
FINALLY... @theatrinidadtmt our #DivasChampion. Our @sevenbucksprod is proud to welcome Thea to our #FightingWithMyFamily cast! Casting the right woman to play our champion was critical. I wanted to keep the integrity of our movie's authenticity. We had to find a woman who not only has a real star quality, but she also had to have a real reverence and love for our unique wrestling business. Thea has been working extremely hard for years on the independent wrestling circuit and for those who understand what that means - you know how much one has to love our crazy business to work independently for years. She has a star quality, great presence, humility and is always all about being, "the hardest worker in the room". She's working her butt off to put on an outstanding performance in our movie. Congrats, Thea and welcome to the cast. Let's put in that work and move the crowd. #FightingWithMyFamily #TheaTrinidad #DivasChampion #SevenBucksProds #MisherFilms #Film4 #WWEFilms