Young Rock casts Rosario Dawson, Randall Park to help Dwayne Johnson become President Rock
Dwayne Johnson is running for president — and he's got some famous help.
Okay, technically the 2032 version of the Rock on Young Rock is the one making a bid for the White House, and EW can exclusively reveal that he'll be aided by Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian) and Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), who are joining the upcoming NBC comedy. Get a first look at Dawson and Park above and below.
Young Rock tells the story of Johnson's upbringing, spotlighting him at ages 10, 15, and 20 (played by Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, and Uli Latukefu). But in addition to narrating, the real Johnson will be playing himself in 2032, as the wrestler-turned-movie-star aims to add president to his multihyphenate title.
Park, reuniting with his Fresh Off the Boat boss and Always Be My Maybe director, Nahnatchka Khan, who co-created Young Rock, stars as… Randall Park. Here, the actor has transitioned to journalism and is given all-access coverage to Johnson's presidential campaign, interviewing the candidate throughout the season and letting audiences (and voters) better get to know the possible future commander-in-chief.
"I will basically do anything for Natch," says Park of Khan, who he worked with for six seasons on the ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. "She's one of my favorite people in the world, and every project we've worked on together has been an absolute delight. With her, Jeff Chiang, and some others from Fresh Off The Boat and Always Be My Maybe, I saw this as an opportunity to enjoy a mini reunion of sorts. 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."
After portraying Kim Jong-un in the controversial movie The Interview, Park is no stranger to fictional political sit-downs, but this much friendlier chat went in a slightly different direction when Park came up with the idea to play himself on Young Rock.
"I'm basically playing an absurd version of myself in the future," shares Park, who is currently reprising his Marvel role as Jimmy Woo on WandaVision. "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. 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!"
Meanwhile, Dawson, who recently broke the internet with her badass appearance on The Mandalorian, will play General Monica Jackson, "a resilient leader, confident and steadfast in her decisions. Representative of her decorated years of service, General Jackson is an unrivaled force whose respected ethics and values are introduced as a very integral key to Dwayne Johnson's presidential campaign."
Young Rock premieres Feb. 16 on NBC.
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