Dwayne Johnson to Star in A24 Drama ‘The Smashing Machine’ as MMA Fighter Mark Kerr

Dwayne Johnson, known for his action-packed roles, is set to take on a new challenge in the upcoming A24 drama ‘The Smashing Machine.’ Directed by Benny Safdie, the film offers a first look at Johnson’s transformation into the legendary MMA fighter Mark Kerr.

In this new project, Johnson stars alongside his ‘Jungle Cruise’ co-star Emily Blunt, who plays the role of Dawn Staples, Kerr’s wife. The story delves into Kerr’s journey as he navigates the world of MMA, battling addiction and personal struggles while rising to fame in the sport.

While Johnson is typically known for his muscular physique, the first look at ‘The Smashing Machine’ reveals a different side of the actor. Sporting facial prosthetics to embody Kerr, Johnson immerses himself in the character of the two-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion and World Vale Tudo Championship winner.

‘The Smashing Machine’ marks Benny Safdie’s solo feature directorial debut, following his successful collaborations with his brother Josh on indie hits like ‘Good Time’ and ‘Uncut Gems.’ Safdie’s vision for raw and authentic storytelling aligns with Johnson’s desire to explore complex characters and meaningful narratives.

The project, which has been in the works for several years, was reignited when Blunt recommended the story to Johnson after watching the documentary ‘The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr.’ Inspired by the opportunity to delve into a challenging role, Johnson expressed his commitment to pushing his boundaries as an actor.

Produced by Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks Productions, along with Safdie’s Out for the Count banner, ‘The Smashing Machine’ promises to deliver a compelling and insightful portrayal of Kerr’s life and career. A24, the studio behind the film, has yet to announce an official release date for this highly anticipated project.

As fans eagerly await the unveiling of ‘The Smashing Machine,’ the dynamic duo of Johnson and Blunt is set to captivate audiences with their immersive performances in this gripping drama. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting collaboration between two powerhouse talents in the entertainment industry.


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