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New sitcom follows ‘The Rock’ as he runs for president in 2032

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is mounting a presidential run in a new sitcom set to premiere next month.

In the show based on his life, dubbed “Young Rock,” Johnson narrates but will also act as himself set in the year 2032, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The show, which is set to air on NBC on Feb. 16, will also include performances from actors Rosario Dawson, who will portray a general on the sitcom, and Randall Park, who will play a member of the press. 

Nahnatchka Khan, who directed “Always Be My Maybe,” has also been credited as co-creator of the show.

Park told Entertainment Weekly he saw the new show “as an opportunity to enjoy a mini reunion of sorts,” noting his past experience working with Khan on ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” which she also created.

“I will basically do anything for Natch,” Park said. “She’s one of my favorite people in the world, and every project we’ve worked on together has been an absolute delight.”

“Also, like the rest of the world, I am a huge fan of the Rock. And the prospect of hanging out with him, tossing jokes around, was something I couldn’t pass up,” he added.

Park said he will be “basically playing an absurd version of myself in the future” with the new role.

“Originally, the role was a fictional news reporter with a made-up name. But one day, I called up Natch and pitched her the idea of me playing myself,” he said. “I just thought it would be funny and weird to portray me having made the pivot from acting to news reporting, especially in contrast to Dwayne making the move from acting to running for president of the United States.”

“Thankfully, she thought it was funny too. I guess this is also a good way for me to keep my options open for the future. I now have a news reporting reel if I ever decide to go that route,” he added.

Dawson, who is also dating Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), will be portraying a leader named General Monica Jackson in the show. The character was described to Entertainment Weekly as “a resilient leader” who is “steadfast in her decisions” with “respected ethics and values” that are “introduced as a very integral key to Dwayne Johnson’s presidential campaign.”

Johnson has previously floated running for president in real life, though batted back calls from supporters to jump into politics in 2018. The actor endorsed President Biden last fall.

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