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The Rock’s Origin Story Trailer For “Young Rock”

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The Rock is one of the biggest stars in the history of professional wrestling /sports entertainment. Learn about how he started as a youth watching the all time greats such as Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant through his father’s run in the then WWF.

Rocky Johnson was also a huge star in the WWF during the early 1980’s just around the time when the WWE would have its first boom. “Maaaaan he would’ve been proud,” Johnson said in the caption referring to his dad would have loved to see this show if he was alive today.

On NBC’s TCA Press Tour, Johnson explained how hard it was to get this show on the air, due to his complicated relationship with his father, who passed away on January 15th, 2020.

The Rock described how it was being a son of famous pro wrestler in the 1980’s, “Growing up, and you know we specifically went with these timelines in my life that were very defining times at 10 years old, 15 and 18 … there’s a lot of things in between those years that took place … but it was complicated and the relationship that I had with my dad was incredibly complicated — that was fuelled by tough love.”

Rocky Johnson, Dwayne’s father, will be played by actor Joseph Lee Anderson, who The Rock says did a “tremendous job playing my dad.”

Johnson added of his father, “He would have loved this, he would have loved this and he would have been so proud because for the first time, certainly in prime time, we are showcasing this world, that he and all of his brothers of the rings, so to speak, of those men in the ’70s and the ’80s that they gave their life to.”

The Rock will make appearances in every episode, while his former self will be played by three different actors. Adrian Groulx will play Johnson in his youth, Bradley Constant was cast as a 15-year-old Rock, and “Marco Polo” actor Uli Latukefu will play Johnson in his college years.

Young Rock premieres on Feb. 16 on NBC.