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.
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.
Dwayne Johnson and Benny Safdie Will Collaborate For A Biopic Project
“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.”
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.
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.
The Rock Fans Anticipate His Oscars Moment
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:
This could very easily wind up being the best film of his career. Sounds amazing and all parties involved are peaking right now.
Are we about to see The Rock at the Oscar’s? 🤔
— PCP (@rotator_) December 13, 2023
The Rock going for that Oscar?!?! pic.twitter.com/RbIUbCDKYN
— Chombe (@Chombe1080) December 13, 2023
he’s finally in a real movie for once
— jaden 🌻 (@jadenzerohoes) December 13, 2023
This is a great choice for The Rock. This could be his standout performance we’ve been waiting for from him.
— CJ Johnson (@cjjohnsonjr) December 13, 2023
his first serious move as an actor
— Debating Hip-Hop (@DebatingHipHop_) December 13, 2023
OH HE BETTER GET INTO HIS REAL ACTING BAG ON THIS ONE 🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Stephen A. Spliff (@GabrielDeShawn) December 13, 2023
With Johnson shifting into more serious roles, this could be his opportunity to take on more projects that would highlight his acting flair.