“The Rock is going for that Oscar”: Fans Predict Dwayne Johnson’s Biopic on UFC Heavyweight Legend Mark Kerr Will Be The Best Movie of His Career

Dwayne Johnson is finally showing his dramatic chops in an upcoming biopic movie.

“The Rock is going for that Oscar”: Fans Predict Dwayne Johnson’s Biopic on UFC Heavyweight Legend Mark Kerr Will Be The Best Movie of His Career

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  • Dwayne Johnson will star in a biopic tacking the life and career of Mark Kerr, a legendary MMA fighter.
  • Benny Safdie, who also helmed Uncut Gems, will direct his first-ever solo movie.
  • Fans predict The Rock will finally win an Oscar for his portrayal in The Smashing Machine.
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Dwayne Johnson is transitioning from his action adventure movies to serious biopic drama in his upcoming film with Benny Safdie. The duo will team up to produce the most dramatic project of his career, tackling the life story of Mark Kerr, the legendary MMA fighter.

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Kerr earned the nickname The Smashing Machine due to his no-holds-barred fighting style. At the peak of his career, he suffered an addiction to painkillers that led to an overdose. A 2002 HBO documentary was made prior to the upcoming film.

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Dwayne Johnson and Benny Safdie Will Collaborate For A Biopic Project

According to A24 via Variety, The Smashing Machine will serve as a career trajectory for Dwayne Johnson as he embarks on a serious drama project that fans have never seen before.

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The Smashing Machine is a drama based on the story of Mark Kerr, the legendary MMA fighter from the no-holds-barred era of the UFC at the peak of his career. He struggles with addiction, winning, love, and friendship in the year 2000.”

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The director, Benny Safdie, rose to fame for his works on crime thrillers such as Uncut Gems and Good Time. He collaborated with his brother on these films, and The Smashing Machine will be his first solo project. A24’s Noah Sacco also said in a statement:

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.”

Safdie and Johnson have been working together since Seven Bucks Productions acquired rights to the film in 2019. A24 will fund the project.

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Mark Kerr is a former wrestler and mixed martial artist. His legendary MMA career brought him several awards, such as becoming a two-time champion of the UFC Heavyweight Tournament and winner of the World Vale Tudo Championship. He is also a four-time ADCC World Submission champ.

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Fans are also cheering for Dwayne Johnson as he finally lands a role that would challenge as well as bring out his acting prowess. The actor has starred in several comedy action movies, but this time, he will need a more serious tone. Many are also expecting to see him at the Oscars! Check out what fans think about The Rock’s upcoming film:

With Johnson shifting into more serious roles, this could be his opportunity to take on more projects that would highlight his acting flair.

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.