Dwayne Johnson has been set to produce and star in the mixed martial arts drama “Smashing Machine” about two-time UFC champion Mark Kerr.
Johnson, a former pro wrestler, made the announcement of the film at Madison Square Garden on Friday during the weigh-in for this weekend’s UFC 244 card. Johnson says: “I was drawn to this because he has such a compelling story. Yes, he achieved so much in his life, but like all of us, like all of these fighters, he battled these demons.”
Kerr was a two-time UFC champion who started in the earlier days of MMA, fighting for the World Vale Tudo Championship and in the late 1990s in the PRIDE Fighting Championships.
The project is in the early stages of development with no studio attached will be produced by Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia.