The film serves as a spin-off of the Fast & Furious franchise, centered around Dwayne Johnson‘s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, as they team up to take down a villain named Bristol, played by Idris Elba.
Johnson posted to Instagram that Reigns, whose actual name is Joe Anoa’i, will play the brother of Hobbs in the film – the wrestler also happens to be Johnson’s own cousin. Reigns went on hiatus from the ring last year, entering treatment for leukemia.
“I’m very proud of his focus, effort and authentic performance in our movie for his very first time on film,” Johnson wrote. I’m also very grateful to spend this quality time with my cousin here in the islands as he takes life one day at a time to recover from leukemia.”
“His perseverance and humility battling this challenge has inspired our entire family as well as millions around the world in our beloved @WWE Universe. Can’t wait to see the ‘Big Dog’ return back to the ring – his positive & focused mindset to return is straight up next level.”