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January 27, 2021

Dwayne Johnson has jumped into the presidential race. Well, sort of.

The actor and wrestling star is playing himself in an upcoming NBC sitcom called Young Rock, which both shows his upbringing and also follows his fictional run for president in 2032.

As the title suggests, Young Rock flashes back to show Johnson when he was growing up, with different actors playing him in 1982, 1987, and 1999. But not only does Johnson narrate, but he'll also play himself in a 2032 storyline that sees him launching a White House bid, according to Entertainment Weekly.

A trailer for the show released ahead of its February premiere features Johnson being interviewed about his presidential run by a reporter — Randall Park playing a version of himself who has become a journalist, according to EW — and also shows glimpses of a crowd of supporters and a campaign bus with the slogan, "Just hang on, I'm coming." Rosario Dawson stars as General Monica Jackson, a "resilient leader" who becomes "key to Dwayne Johnson's presidential campaign," EW reports.

Prior to this show, Johnson had suggested he was open to an actual run for president, telling GQ in 2017, "I think that it's a real possibility." He has said, however, that he'd need more experience before potentially throwing his hat in the ring.

"This is a skill set that requires years and years of experience," Johnson told Rolling Stone. "On a local level, on a state level and then on a national level. I have the utmost respect for our country and that position, and I'm not delusioned in any way to think, 'Oh, absolutely, if Trump can do it, I can do it, and I'll see you in 20-whatever, get ready.' Not at all."

It might seem like a long shot, but then again, so did the presidential ambitions of a certain other NBC star. Brendan Morrow

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