Emily Blunt Eyes Lead Role in “The Smashing Machine” Opposite Dwayne Johnson

Emily Blunt at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Emily Blunt at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Photo by Owen Kolasinski/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9448871cz)

Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson are shaping up to be one of Hollywood’s unlikely dynamic duos, and they’re plotting another film by each other’s side. The Oscar-nominated actress is circling the key supporting role in Johnson’s upcoming film The Smashing Machine.

Written and directed by Benny Safdie, The Smashing Machine will chronicle the trials and tribulations of the MMA legend Mark Kerr. He rose to prominence during the no-holds-barred era of the UFC but struggled to continue his domination while grappling with addiction, winning, love, and friendship.

Blunt will portray Kerr’s wife Dawn Staples, who’s not quite sure where she fits within his chaotic and contradictory world. Johnson will also produce this project through Seven Bucks Productions in addition to playing the lead role, while the rest of the cast is yet to be announced.

This will mark the second collaboration between Blunt and Johnson, who previously led Disney’s Jungle Cruise in 2021. They’re attached to the sequel of this fantasy adventure film, which is still in the early stages of development.

Blunt most recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. She’ll next be seen in David Leitch’s action comedy The Fall Guy alongside Ryan Gosling.