Usually when you hear there’s going to be a prequel made about someone’s life, it’s a fictional character. Like Indiana Jones, or John McClane. It’s not often that an origin story focuses on someone from the real world, and someone who is still alive.
But I guess when you’re larger-than-life already, it’s not that much of a stretch.
Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, certainly fits that bill. The former college football player turned wrestler turned global superstar is larger than life in every sense of the word, and now he’s getting a TV series about how he got there. “Young Rock”, which will air on NBC, was announced at the Television Critics’ Association conference and will cover the superstar’s early life before he became a famous wrestler, tho it will feature some of his early forays into the industry.
As for The Rock himself, yes, he’ll be on the show, though he obviously won’t be playing the younger version of himself. Not even The Rock was quite that big as a teenager.
“We have found a really fun [and] just creative way to weave me into the show into every episode in a pretty cool way,” the star told critics. He explained exactly when and what the show will cover.
“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. Still a good kid. Then from there of course we were evicted off the island and forced to leave the island and move to of all places Nashville, TN where again I continued to get in trouble. Then we go into my high school years and then onto Young Rock as a University of Miami football star if you will until I got beat out of my position by a guy by the name of Warren Sapp who just happened to go on to become one of the greatest defensive tackles of all time.”
Not quite an ordinary life, obviously.
The series is only in development, and there’s no word on casting or air date. The Rock has a lot of fans, so hopefully they’ll give the show the attention it deserves and keep it on the air for a few years at least, if only to make sure we have an episode about that infamous fanny pack photo.