Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to Star as MMA Fighter Mark Kerr in New Project. Image Credit: Supplied

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is working on a film based on mixed martial arts fighter Mark Kerr named ‘The Smashing Machine’.

Johnson will produce and star as the lead actor.

The actor unveiled the project in New York following a press conference hosted by Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The press conference was being held ahead of this weekend’s UFC 244 event, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

“I was drawn to this because he has such a compelling story,” Johnson said, adding that he watched the 2002 documentary ‘The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr’ many times. “Yes, he achieved so much in his life, but like all of us, like all of these fighters, he battled these demons.”

Johnson said that the martial arts fighter will also be involved in the project.

He told the crowd in the theatre that he wanted to break the news there because he “wanted to start with the MMA community, the UFC fans, I wanted to start with you guys first.”

Meanwhile, Johnson’s next film is the Sony sequel ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’, which will premiere next month. He will also star in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ which will hit theatres in July 2020.