Dwayne Johnson to Play Legendary UFC No-Holds-Barred Era MMA Fighter Mark Kerr in A24's The Crushing Machine.

The film the studio is producing and financing puts them back in business with Benny Safdie who co-directed and co-wrote one of their biggest hits Rough gems ($50 million domestic). Safdie also wrote the screenplay for The Crushing Machine. Johnson and Safdie have been collaborators on the project since Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions acquired the rights in 2019.

The pic will follow Kerr's struggle with addiction, victories, love and friendship in the year 2000.

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

Kerr is a former American wrestler and mixed martial artist. During his MMA career, he was a two-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion, World Vale Tudo Championship Tournament Winner, PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion, 1992 NCAA National Wrestling Champion, 1994 National Freestyle Champion and 4x ADCC submission world champion. In 2003, Kerr was the subject of an HBO documentary titled THE SMASHING MACHINE, which detailed his MMA career fighting in Vale Tudo, UFC and PRIDE.

Said A24's Noah Sacco: “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.”

Johnson is repped by WME and Gang, Tire, Ramer, Brown & Passman.

The project represents Safdie's first directorial project since Uncut gems, which he co-directed and co-wrote with his brother Josh Safdie. Following the film's success, Benny Safdie took on several acting roles in projects such as Oppenheimer, licorice pizza, are you there, God? It's me, Margaret; and the Star Wars Disney+ series Obi Wan. A24 also releases the Safdie Brothers' 2017 crime noir, Good time, starring Robert Pattinson and which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Safdie is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.

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