3 Actresses Who Could Take Center Stage Alongside Dwayne Johnson in ‘The Smashing Machine’

Published 12/20/2023, 11:16 AM EST

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The pro wrestling world is currently talking about Zac Efron and AEW World Champion MJF starrer ‘The Iron Claw’. However, the Von Erich Family movie will soon get a new counterpart with Dwayne Johnson acting in the new venture. But, instead of pro wrestling, The Rock would venture into MMA territory for his latest project.

Dwayne Johnson is all set to play the role of iconic UFC fighter Mark Kerr in an upcoming project named ‘The Smashing Machine’. While The Rock has already been chosen to play the MMA protagonist, the hunt is on for an actress to work as his opposite. Here are the three most probable choices that could play the role of Mark Kerr’s ex-wife, Dawn Staples.

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Dawn Staples was a major influence in the life and career of the American mixed martial artist. Thus, finding someone who resembles her likeness would be the go-to approach of the casting directors. Interestingly, model and actress Halle Berry fits the description perfectly. 


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The Halle ‘Catwoman’ Berry doesn’t just match the physical profile but also has the versatility to perfectly blend herself with any character. She has already shown her shapeshifting skills in the biographical drama series ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’, and has also shown her action prowess in X-Men. 

While Berry is a great pick for the role, an actor who has more experience and chemistry with Dwayne Johnson could also be considered for the role. And a good fit for this would be Wonder Woman Gal Gadot.

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Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot blew everyone’s mind with their characters in the movie Red Notice. The movie which also starred Ryan Reynolds saw Johnson and Gadot work in perfect sync while having the audience fooled till the end. While Gadot slayed with her character as The Bishop, Dwayne Johnson made full use of his on-screen stereotype.

While both actors have already worked in the Fast and the Furious franchise, their impact in Red Notice was harder. Gadot is also highly versatile and adaptable, and the audience would love to see her opposite Dwayne Johnson. 

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While the audience loved Gadot and DJ’s on-screen pairing, another actress impressed in a blockbuster with him and could possibly land this role.

Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson for another blockbuster?


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Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson have spread their magic in ‘Jungle Cruise’ with a possible sequel coming. While Johnson has already acted in many adventure movies, the Jungle Cruise stands out as one of the best ones. Lately, Blunt was in the news for joining Johnson on the ‘Kate Warne’ project.

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt also shared the stage to present the Oscar Award for the best-animated feature. The acting duo also shared a goofy photo opportunity moment backstage, earning the love of several fans. Their chemistry on and off the screen has been adored by fans and the pair could come together once again for ‘The Smashing Machine’.


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Which of these actresses do you think should act opposite the Rock in the MMA biopic movie? Do you have any other names in mind? Let your thoughts flow in the comments.

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Sheron Singh


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Oh, let me tell you about myself, I'm Sheron Singh, the WWE aficionado and person behind many of trending WWE stories at EssentiallySports. My journey into the world of suplexes and powerbombs began at the age of 6, thanks to my father and I've been hooked ever since. With a postgraduate degree in clinical psychology, I have the superpower to dissect the emotions both in and outside that squared circle at ES.
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Sherjeel Malik