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Dwayne Johnson to Star in NBC Series About His Life: ‘The Young Rock Years’

Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the European Premiere of 'Rampage' at Cineworld Leicester Square on April 11, 2018 in London, England.
Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the European Premiere of ‘Rampage’ at Cineworld Leicester Square on April 11, 2018 in London, England.

*Dwayne Johnson is slated to appear in every episode of an upcoming NBC series based on his life titled “Young Rock.”

The series will track the former WWE star’s formative years, PEOPLE reports. Johnson will serve as an executive producer alongside “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan.

“Many of you may, or may not have heard, or read over the years that I have talked about this wild, and unpredictable, and quite frankly, unbelievable childhood that I had. My early years, my adolescence, my teenage years. The Young Rock years, I’ve told many, many stories,” Johnson told reporters via FaceTime call. “Again, many of them unbelievable, but all of them true. We’re going to find Young Rock, for example, wreaking havoc in the streets of Hawaii when I was a very young teenager. Getting arrested, seemingly, every single week. Doing a lot of things I shouldn’t have been doing.”

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Johnson added, “Then we (see) Young Rock as a professional wrestler, more importantly at the critical time before WWE, when I was wrestling for $40 a match” in the “parking lots of used-car dealers and flea markets. Those were the years that were very formative and helped shape me,” Johnson added during the FaceTime call. “Now what’s crazy about  this whole thing … the confluence of wild personalities that came in and out of my life during these times, all these years, are just fascinating. From my heroes Andre the Giant to Muhammed Ali to Ronald Reagan … It was almost as if I’d been told I had the childhood of Forrest Gump, where people weave in and out of my life.”

Johnson recently starred in HBO comedy “Ballers” and last month’s “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

His upcoming film projects include “Jungle Cruise” and DC Comics villain “Black Adam.”

In 2017, Johnson teased on social media that he recently had “a very cool and strategic meeting with the heads of DC about their entire universe,” and hinted at his ambitions to position Black Adam as “the most ruthless villain/anti-hero of all time.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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