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MGM secures rights to The Rock’s wrestling film about a Norwich family for $17.5m

PUBLISHED: 16:19 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:20 13 February 2017

Dwayne Johnson during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios in London in 2016. Photo: PA Images on behalf of So TV

Dwayne Johnson during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios in London in 2016. Photo: PA Images on behalf of So TV

American media company MGM is reportedly stepping into the ring to put the world rights to Fighting With My Family in a headlock.

The whole Knight Family, L-R: Roy wrestling as The Zebra Kid, Zak wrestling as Zak Zodiak, Rowdy Ricky Knight, Julia wrestling as Sweet Saraya and Saraya-Jade wrestling as Britani KnightThe whole Knight Family, L-R: Roy wrestling as The Zebra Kid, Zak wrestling as Zak Zodiak, Rowdy Ricky Knight, Julia wrestling as Sweet Saraya and Saraya-Jade wrestling as Britani Knight

Dwayne Johnson’s wrestling drama was up for grabs at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM) and has reportedly been purchased by MGM for a whopping $17.5 million in one of the biggest EFM deals ever made.

The film, which is set to be written and directed by The UK Office’s Stephen Merchant, will shine a spotlight on WWE Superstar Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis and her wrestling family from Norwich.

MORE: American film and wrestling star The Rock reveals plans to make “gritty” film about Norwich wrestling family
Paige began wrestling at the age of 13 and was named NXT Women’s Champion and WWE Divas Champion in 2014, becoming the only person to hold the titles concurrently.

Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey has been cast to play Paige’s mother, Julia Hamer-Bevis in the film, with Hot Fuzz actor Nick Frost portraying her husband, ‘Rowdy’ Ricky Knight.

Florence Pugh will be filling the boots of Paige and Jack Lowden will take on the role of her older brother Zak Knight.

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