The former wrestler, real name Laurence Tureaud, will be among the celebrities competing on season 24 of the show.

"Production has been trying to get Mr. T to do the show for years," a source tells Entertainment Tonight. "He will be a great contestant."

The new season of DWTS will premiere on 20 March (17). Among the professional dancers taking part will be Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd, who recently became first-time parents after welcoming their son, Shai, last month (Jan17).