Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is made into a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon with an image of himself from 1996 to promote his show Young Rock
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloon on Thursday.
The 48-year-old was seen in a look from 1996 when he was a football player on his way to becoming a top wrestler.
The balloon was included by NBC to promote the movie star’s upcoming scripted comedy series Young Rock.
Flying high! Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloon on Thursday
A great look: The 48-year-old was seen in a look from 1996 when he was a football player on his way to becoming a top wrestler
The balloon was based off a famous photo of the actor from 1996 which he has shared on Instagram and even re-created for SNL.
The float depicts the actor in his younger days wearing a black turtleneck sweater tucked into a pair of blue jeans.
He also had on a fanny pack around his waist.
Parade hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb reacted positively to the float, with the former remarking that, ‘I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble little D.J. got into.’
The upcoming show was first announced in January, with NBC giving a straight-to-series order to the project.
Alongside Johnson, the series will be helmed by Fresh Off the Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan, who also serves as an executive producer on the show.
Other producers include Hiram Garcia and the Moana actor’s ex-wife and business partner Dany Garcia.
Teaming up: Johnson’s ex-wife and business partner Dany Garcia is set to produce the show; the two are seen in 2009
The script for the pilot is set to be written by Khan and Jeff Chiang.
The story is set to follow the boy who would eventually become The Rock at various points in his life and the lessons that he learns from his unconventional upbringing.
Starring in the series will be Adrian Groulx as the 10-year-old version of Johnson, Bradley Constant as the 15 years old iteration, and Marco Polo actor Uli Latukefu for the 18-to-20 year old version.
Production began in November, with principal photography occurring in Australia.
An inside look: The Fast and Furious actor shared an image of Joseph Lee Anderson playing his father on the upcoming series
To celebrate the start of filming, the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actor shared a photo from the set of his show, depicting actor Joseph Lee Anderson portraying his father Rocky Johnson.
The wrestler wrote in the caption: ‘Wanted you guys to see this “first look” at my pops. No filters, no polish and nothing fancy. Just the Soulman doing what he did best!’
He added: ‘Can’t wait for you guys to watch our new show. I think you’re gonna like it.’
Pound for pound: The series will also depict the influence that other wrestlers had on Johnson’s life; he is seen competing against John Cena in 2012