At the start of “Younger Rock,” NBC’s new autobiographical sitcom about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, it’s the yr 2032 and the previous skilled athlete-turned-actor is planning a presidential run.
By an interview with Randall Park, that may be a leaping off level for his character to open up his previous to the general public, to showcase why he isn’t as out of contact with widespread residents’ considerations as his wealth and fame could suggest.
“We’re going to be following candidate Johnson on his 2032 presidential marketing campaign for the course of Season 1, so we’re going to be at totally different press occasions from him and Randall goes to ry to get some perception into who Dwayne the person is,” showrunner Nahnatchka Khan mentioned throughout a digital panel for the present on Tuesday. “Following him on the marketing campaign tour is what’s going to carry us via that 2032 timeline.”
However politics gained’t be entrance and middle within the present, nor will Johnson’s fan Sen. Elizabeth Warren, visitor star.
“Elizabeth doesn’t make a cameo on this [season], but when we’re fortunate sufficient to return again for a second spherical, possibly she is going to there,” Johnson mentioned.
“Younger Rock” tells Johnson’s story in 4 time durations: the aforementioned close to future, in with the multi-hyphenate expertise performs himself; his elementary college years, with Adrian Groulx enjoying him at 10 years previous; his highschool years, with Bradley Fixed enjoying him at 15 years previous, and his faculty soccer days, with Uli Latukefu enjoying him.
“Let’s not take the straightforward route,” Johnson recalled remembering saying about growing this present. “We use these phrases ‘wild’ and ‘loopy’ and people are nice sizzle phrases that we use as we promote this factor, nevertheless it was extremely difficult and it was extremely powerful rising up. We particularly went with these timelines in my life that have been very defining occasions.”
Half of what was so character-defining for Johnson was his relationship along with his father, who handed away unexpectedly in January 2020 and to whom the sequence premiere is devoted. Joseph Lee Anderson portrays the larger-than-life determine and former wrestler in all time durations of the present.
“My dad was kicked out of his home at 13 and he was homeless, in order that then formed the person who then raised me,” Johnson mentioned. “And in that complication then got here a unprecedented life that was full of journey. I lived in 13 totally different states by the point I used to be 13 years previous.”
Johnson shared that engaged on this sequence has allowed him to “admire these laborious occasions that rather more.”
The present can be a chance to understand some very particular individuals from the world of skilled wrestling round whom Johnson grew up. “We now have the Iron Sheik from Iran, now we have Andre the Big from France, now we have the junkyard canine, we have my dad, now we have the wild Samoans from somebody, and these are those that we simply showcased within the pilot,” Johnson mentioned. “I believe the duty that now we have, in addition to the inspiration of the present, is simply to be genuine and ensuring that every little thing felt actual. We reached out to all of our wrestlers and [for] those who’re not right here with us [we] reached out to their households and made positive that they they knew that they have been going to be portrayed in a constructive means.”
By choosing these three particular time durations, although, there’s a lot about Johnson’s life that followers of his gained’t get to see dramatized within the first season, together with his WWE profession and his blockbuster movies from “The Mummy Returns” to the “Quick and Livid” franchise to the “Jumanji” reboot.
“If we’re, universe prepared, fortunate sufficient to return again for an additional spherical of this factor, there’s loads [more] in between these years that befell” to discover, he mentioned.
“Younger Rock” premieres Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. on NBC.