Recently, reports about Disney cutting ties with Dwayne Johnson have made the headlines, and now, NBC may be following suit.
Dwayne Johnson seems to be having the kind of luck Johnny Depp has experienced over the last few years. But unlike Johnny Depp, The Rock seems to be on the downhill part of his bad luck journey.
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Actor Dwayne Johnson has faced many opponents during his time as a professional wrestler, and since his film career has taken off, he’s faced his fair share of challenges in Hollywood as well. But thanks to a lawsuit filed in October 2022 that was given the green light to move forward only weeks ago, Johnson, one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, is facing perhaps his biggest challenge yet–in the form of a massive $3 billion lawsuit that names him as a conspirator in the kidnapping of a former wrestler and her children.
Former TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, now renamed Impact Wrestling) wrestler Trenesha Biggers, also known by her ring name, Rhaka Khan, has sought legal action against Dwayne Johnson in a massive lawsuit in which she claims that she and her children were the targets of an elaborate criminal plot orchestrated by Johnson and a plethora of other defendants–some individuals, some groups, some government agencies, and some businesses.
Following news of the lawsuit, Disney reportedly axed any more talk of replacing Johnny Depp with Dwayne Johnson in a sixth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. And earlier this week, a report at Deadline claimed that Disney would not be moving forward with its live-action project inspired by Moana (2016), which was announced by Dwayne Johnson during Disney’s annual shareholders’ event earlier this spring. Johnson is slated to play the role of the demigod Maui and co-direct the film alongside Auli Cravalho, who will play the role of Moana.
Though Disney has yet to confirm this, the news has fans of The Rock unhappy about the idea of him being canned before any part of the lawsuit has been carried out in a court of law.
Now, a new report at Deadline claims NBC may be following in Disney’s footsteps by not renewing Dwayne Johnson’s sitcom, Young Rock:
The series stars Dwayne Johnson and focuses on different chapters of his 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 explores 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.
Little has been heard about “Young Rock,” suggesting it will not come back, but Johnson’s involvement, along with the show’s solid delayed-viewing lifts, could see it return.
While NBC has yet to confirm this, the show is missing from NBC’s fall line-up and remains “on the bubble” along with American Auto and Grand Crew.