UPDATED: It was reported by Deadline today that the film will be called "Fighting With My Family," sharing the same title as the documentary. Florence Pugh will play Paige and Jack Lowden will co-star as her brother Zak. The Rock will play an unnamed role in the film, which is expected to begin filming in Los Angeles and London later this month.
Deadline gives the synopsis of the movie as "the story of reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and when brother and sister get the chance to audition for the WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible as athletes and siblings."
Below is a picture of the actress who will play Paige:
Paige reacted to the news on her Twitter as well:
ORIGINAL POST: Despite rumors that WWE and Paige have been on bad terms for the last several months, the company is pushing forward with plans to team up with The Rock and his Seven Bucks Productions Company to produce a movie on the former WWE Divas Champion and her family of pro wrestlers.
The Rock released the following this afternoon on Facebook, announcing the project.
BREAKING: Our Seven Bucks Productions is excited to announce production on a cool project we've been working on for years based on a very unique and gritty professional wrestling family and a their daughter's journey into the spotlight of the WWE.
Years ago (2012) while shooting Fast & Furious in London, I was up at 3am (too much caffeine) and stumbled upon a documentary on a UK station about a local wrestling family and their daughter's unlikely journey into the global spotlight. That daughter, is current WWE Women's Superstar, Paige. The family element I saw in the doc, is what grabbed my attention. That no matter how crazy life gets, no matter how dysfunctional our families can sometimes be and especially regardless of how much we fight - we're always there for each other when it counts. That's what families do.
My gut said there was a great movie to be made so I sent to my agent Brad Slater at WME who loved it. He sent it to my long time ace producer Kevin Misher, who immediately responded to the doc and he thought we should go after one of our favorite writer/directors for material like this, Stephen Merchant.
Merchant, being from the UK, locked in to a strong POV and vision of how gritty and heartfelt this film needs to be and the rest is history.
Pleasure to partner with WWE Studios and Film 4 to bring this great story to life.
Ive been buds with Paige for years now and we're all excited to bring her and her family's story to life.
Cool casting announcements coming this week!
#MisherFilms #WWEFilms #Film4
As mentioned yesterday on Fightful.com, Paige is sidelined with a neck injury, hoping for a return somewhere between April and June.