Young Rock Teaser: Meet Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Younger Selves

With the autobiographical dramedy set to powerslam its way onto NBC screens in a month, viewers are getting their first look at the ensemble comedy-drama based on the life of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (WWE superstar, Ballers, Jumanji: The Next Level) with a focus on the friends and family who helped shaped him into the multimedia success he is today. Following the teaser, take a look back at Johnson's post from last year officially announcing the series' cast along with some personal insight into the very familiar and very real folks they will be portraying.

Young Rock released its first teaser. (Image: screencap)
Young Rock released its first teaser. (Image: screencap)

Here's your first official look at NBC's Young Rock, with the series set to premiere on February 16:

 

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Here's a Look at NBC's "Young Rock"

Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat) is developing the series and co-writing the pilot with Jeff Chiang (Fresh Off the Boat), with Johnson set to appear in each episode. NBC's Young Rock is executive produced by Khan, Johnson, Chiang, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, and Jennifer Carreras. The show will be produced by Universal Television, Seven Bucks Productions, and Fierce Baby Productions.

 

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Set to premiere in 2021, the cast of Young Rock includes Adrian Groulx as Johnson (aka Dewey) at age 10 – described as honest, headstrong, impressionable, and bold. Bradley Constant portrays Johnson at age 15, where he's doing his best to fit in as a normal teenager but puberty has other ideas. His size and full mustache have his classmates convinced he's an undercover cop. Uli Latukefu's Johnson (age 18-20) has just been recruited to play football on a full scholarship at powerhouse University of Miami. Though a superstar talent, a devastating injury during his freshman year puts his life at a crossroads.

 

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#YOUNGROCK This kid @adriangroulx is our anchor and my hero 👊🏾 He's got the hardest job of 'em of all playing "little Dewey" – yes, unfortunately that was the nickname my God parents gave me after the weather – as in dewdrops. Jesus. 🤦🏽‍♂️😂 At 10yrs old, I was rambunctious as all hell 😈, was already girl crazy 😜 and loved pro wrestling — especially the part when wrestlers would bleed 🩸🥴💀🤣 This kid, Adrian is my hero because I look back at this time in my life so fondly and how I viewed the world thru my 10yr old eyes. I was all these things but at the core I was a sweet little boy and a complicated little cub 🐻 who just needed guidance. Years later here we are and I did alright 🙏🏾👊🏾 This passion project is special and I'm boundless grateful to EVERYONE who is lending their talents, passion, love and mana to bring it to life. Can't wait for you guys to watch this one! #ComplicatedCub #LittleDewey #YOUNGROCK @sevenbucksprod @NBC

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Stacey Leilua portrays Johnson's mother Ata Johnson, who grew up in a first-generation pro wrestling family. A strong woman by both nature and necessity, she's a hopeful positive force in young Dwayne's life. Joseph Lee Anderson portrays Rocky Johnson, Dwayne's father. Described as charismatic and charming, the pro wrestling champion juggles the ups and downs of his career with being a well-intentioned, but unorthodox, husband and father. Ana Tuisila's Lia Maivia is Ata's mother and Johnson's grandmother. The first female pro-wrestling promoter in the country, Lia is a sweet, loving grandmother- but when need be? She can easily be a cutthroat, ruthless businesswoman. Lexie Duncan's (The Secret Daughter) Karen is 15-year-old Johnson's (Bradley Constant) high school sweetheart. A popular, charismatic, high-school girl with dreams of attending Barbizon beauty school, Johnson catches her eye, and they begin dating in the idyllic town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

 

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#YOUNGROCK This role is a special one and HIGHLY entertaining. Playing my grandma, Lia Maivia will be the one of a kind, Ana Tuisila. Cool backstory: My grandmother, Lia Maivia was pro wrestling's first women's promoter. She HAD TO BE tough as nails in a male dominated, shark infested world of wrestling. She set the bar for tough business practices and also set the bar for how loving a sweet grandma could be to her only grandson – me ☺️ She was also charged by the feds for extortion, eventually deported, became homeless and lost everything in the early 90's. Crazy life. I was blessed enough to help change that hard time scenario around and get her back on her feet. Her journey was unreal and can't wait for you guys to watch! #StrongWomen #YOUNGROCK @sevenbucksprod @NBC

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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