According to a new report, a very important character is now being cast for season two of NBC’s hit TV show Young Rock.
The show which chronicles the early years of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson growing up around the wrestling business has been a huge success since debuting in February.
The comedy sees Johnson star alongside Joseph Lee Anderson, Stacey Leilua, Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, Uli Latukefu, Ana Tuisila, Fasitua Amosa and John Tui.
In May it was noted that the show had been commissioned for a second season, with filming set to begin later in 2021, before being broadcast in 2022.
It has now been reported by PWInsider that the show are looking for someone to play the role of The Rock’s legendary grandfather and WWE Hall of Famer “High Chief” Peter Maivia.
“He is described as being in his 30’s and seen in the 1970s, where he is the founder of Polynesian Pro Wrestling in Hawaii. He is described as “standing up” for another wrestler in the casting.
While Maivia has been referred to often in the series, this is the first time he will be seen. In the casting, it is noted he may become a recurring or regular character. Ana Tuisila plays his wife, Lia Maivia on Young Rock.”
Peter Maivia began his in-ring career in the early 1960’s before heading to New Zealand in the middle of the decade. Maivia moved to WWE, then known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation in 1970 feuding with the likes of Bob Backlund and Superstar Billy Graham.
The star wrestled his last match in early 1982 before passing away later that year after a battle with cancer. Maivia was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 by his grandson The Rock.