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First Image Of Dwayne Johnson As MMA Legend Mark Kerr

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will take on a new role in A24’s ‘The Smashing Machine.’ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt starring as Mark Kerr and Dawn Staples in “The Smashing Machine.”

A24’s Next Gut Punching Biopic

A24’s next biopic project is making strides as an unfamiliar Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson portrays renowned MMA fighter Mark Kerr in a first look at Benny Safdie’s solo project, The Smashing Machine

What is Known So Far 

Deadline reports, “ In The Smashing Machine, Johnson plays Kerr, the legendary MMA fighter from the no-holds-barred era of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The film will follow Kerr’s struggle with addiction, winning, love, and friendship in the year 2000. Emily Blunt co-stars and can be seen at the bottom right of the first-look image. She plays Dawn Staples, the wife of the MMA champ. While trying to set up a life together, she struggles to find her place within Mark’s chaotic and contradictory world.”This project has been in the works since before the pandemic. Now that production is currently underway a release date isn’t far behind.

Who is Mark Kerr? 

Mark Kerr (known as the “The Smashing Machine,” The Titan,” and “The Speciman”) is an infamous former wrestler who also dabbled in martial arts. He gained success as a collegiate wrestler for Syracuse University.

 In his tenure he amassed recognition as a two-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion, World Vale Tudo Championship winner, and was a Pride FC Heavyweight Champion. Through all of his accomplishments, he dealt with addiction and substance abuse. 

Safdie’s Transcendence

This will be Benny Safdie’s third time working with A24. He co-directed and co-wrote the critically acclaimed Good Time and Uncut Gems alongside his brother Josh Safdie. This comes after the brothers decided to go their separate ways amicably. Safdie has expressed wanting to do more raw and visceral films, and this is his moment. This will be Benny’s first time directing a motion picture film without his brother. 

A24’s Biopic Trajectory

“A24’s” history with biopics has been successful with fans. Their innovative approach to biopics has had a significant impact on redefining the genre. Furthermore, A24’s success inspires while embracing more diverse and unconventional narratives. With recent works like The Iron Claw and Priscilla in their arsenal, A24 is sure to have yet another knockout in their midst. 

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