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Stephen Merchant & Dwayne Johnson are working on a film about British female wrestler Paige

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Stephen Merchant (The Office, Logan) is set to direct a comedy drama about British wrestler Paige. The film is called Fighting with my Family and will star Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) in the lead role, alongside former WWE star Dwayne Johnson, who also executive produces. Johnson and Merchant worked together on The Tooth Fairy.

Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis Miller, is a two-time Divas Champion and was the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion in WWE’s developmental branch, NXT. She held both championships concurrently, making her the first female to hold two championships at the same time in WWE history.

She was born and raised in Norwich, Norfolk, the daughter of professional wrestlers Ian Bevis and Julia Hamer-Bevis, who once unknowingly wrestled while she was seven months pregnant with Bevis. When she was around 10 or 11 years old, her father started running a wrestling training school every month. She took this opportunity to occasionally enter the wrestling ring, where her brothers taught her about wrestling. She did this until she was 13, when she officially made her debut as a wrestler.

Shooting starts in London and Los Angeles later this month.

The film is a co-production between WWE Studios and Film4. Merchant is also writing as well as directing; his first since 2010’s Cemetery Junction, on which he collaborated with Gervais.

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