Filming has been underway in Queensland on US series Young Rock for some time but further production details have now been confirmed.
The NBC series focuses on different chapters of superstar footballer / actor Dwayne Johnson’s life. From growing up in a strong and resilient family, to being surrounded by the wild characters of his professional wrestling family, to playing football at the University of Miami. The show will explore the crazy rollercoaster that has shaped Dwayne into the man he is today and the larger-than-life characters he’s met along the way.
The series is shooting at Screen Queensland Studios and has also been shooting in around Brisbane and South East Queensland.
Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat) is creator who co-wrote the pilot episode with co-executive producer Jeff Chiang. The duo executive produce alongside Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Jennifer Carreras.
Aussies Jeffrey Walker, who will serve as co-executive producer, and Daina Reid will both be directing various episodes throughout the series.
“We’re so excited to be shooting Young Rock here in Brisbane and at Screen Queensland Studios,” said co-showrunners Khan and Chiang. “The city offers amazing production value, the topnotch local cast and crew have been incredibly warm and welcoming, and the koalas have been as advertised – cute and sleepy.”
NBC-owned Matchbox Pictures oversees the production on the ground, partnering with Universal Television.
Previously announced cast include: Adrian Groulx as Dwayne Johnson (AKA Dewey), Age 10; Bradley Constant as Dwayne Johnson, Age 15; Uli Latukefu as Dwayne Johnson, Age 18-20; Stacey Leilua as Ata Johnson, Dwayne’s mother; Joseph Lee Anderson as Rocky Johnson, Dwayne’s father; and Ana Tuisila as Lia Maivia, Dwayne’s grandmother. Joining the cast are Fasitua Amosa as Sika Anoa’i and John Tui as Afa Anoa’i, better known as the professional wrestling tag team, “The Wild Samoans.”
The series is the first of three from Universal Studio Group to film back-to-back at the Brisbane studio (the others being Universal Content Productions’ Joe Exotic and Irreverent from International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures).
An Australian broadcaster is yet to be announced.