Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Could The Rock be the next president of the United States? REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

A campaign committee has formally filed to draft former WWE wrestler and action star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson for president.

"Run the Rock 2020" was filed Sunday (9 July) on behalf of Johnson with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), official records show. According to The Hill, the documents were filed by a man named Kenton Tilford under a West Virginia address.

Tilford's connection to the actor and the motivation behind the filing is unclear.

Johnson has entertained the idea of a White House bid, The Hill noted. In May, Johnson stood behind a podium labelled "The Rock Johnson 2020" on Saturday Night Live's season finale.

The idea was first brought up in June 2016, when The Washington Post published an op-ed suggesting Johnson could be a viable candidate.

Johnson ran with it and posted a screen grab on Instagram, calling the editorial "interesting" and "fun to read". He added that "the most important thing right now is strong honest leadership from our current and future leaders of this country".

The actor noted that a presidential run is "a real possibility". Johnson spoke with GQ in May and explained how he would tackle President Donald Trump's policies. He added he would like to see better leadership, responsibility and "poise" from the Oval Office.

Johnson spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2000 but also attended the Democratic National Convention that same year, according to The Hill. He has said he is a registered Independent.