Dwayne Johnson takes on iconic UFC veteran role in biopic ‘The Smashing Machine’

Dwayne Johnson is an the iconic figure known for his prowess both in the wrestling ring and on the silver screen. He is set to portray the legendary MMA combatant Mark Kerr.

This significant move comes as part of A24’s production ‘The Smashing Machine’. This venture is poised to look into the gripping narrative of Kerr’s life during the no-holds-barred era of UFC.

Produced and financed by the company, the film reunites them with Benny Safdie. He co-wrote and co-directed one of their biggest blockbusters, Uncut Gems ($50 million at the American box office). The script of The Smashing Machine was also written by Safdie.

Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions secured the rights to the project back in 2019. This ambitious cinematic endeavor marks a collaborative effort between the production house and Benny Safdie.

Eli Bush, David Koplan, and Safdie’s Out for the Count banner will produce alongside Johnson and Dany Garcia’s Seven Bucks.

Set in the backdrop of the tumultuous year 2000, the film promises to explore the multifaceted journey of Mark Kerr. It will vividly portray his gripping battle with addiction, the triumphs in his career, and the nuances of love and friendship that shaped his life.

Mark Kerr’s legacy spans across various disciplines, showcasing his prowess as a former wrestler and a distinguished mixed martial artist. His accolades include being a two-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion, winning the World Vale Tudo Championship, and securing titles such as the Pride FC Heavyweight Champion, among numerous other prestigious achievements.

In 2003, Mark Kerr became the focal point of an HBO documentary titled ‘The Smashing Machine.’ This documentary extensively chronicled his remarkable career within the realms of Vale Tudo, UFC, and Pride.

Expressing A24’s excitement and appreciation for this project, Noah Sacco stated, “Dwayne and Benny are singular talents, and their shared vision for Mark’s inspiring story is electrifying. We are deeply honored to have their trust as collaborators in bringing this incredibly special project to life.”