It’s been confirmed Chris Hemsworth will play Hulk Hogan in an upcoming biopic about the retired professional wrestler’s life.
This news has been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, who’ve revealed deals are currently closing with Netflix.
It’s reported Michael Sugar (Spotlight) will produce, through his Netflix-based Sugar23. Joker director Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper will produce through their banner Joint Effort, while Hemsworth and Eric Bischoff will also be producing.
John Pollono (Stronger) will reportedly pen the script alongside Scott Silver (8 Mile).
The film will reportedly not attempt to depict the entirety of Hogan’s life and career, neither will it focus on the sex tape scandal which made headlines back in 2012.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources report there will be a focus on Hogan’s rise, described as an ‘origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania’.
BREAKING: THOR star Chris Hemsworth to play the Hulk — Hulk Hogan, that is — in Netflix biopic from producer Bradley Cooper and JOKER director Todd Phillips. Hulkamania will serve as a consultant on the project.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) February 20, 2019
Hogan was, and still is, one of the biggest stars of wrestling. He was a regular fixture on TV sets in the ’80s, and was a fan favourite during his time with the World Wrestling Federation.
Born Terry Gene Bollea, the Hulkster began his career in the late 1970s, on the Florida wrestling circuit.
During his time in the WWF, he frequently squared off against the late, Andre the Giant. When Vince McMahon took charge and started to grow the company, Hogan was the face and by then, a hero persona – a ‘real American’.
By the end of the ’80s, Hogan was one of the decade’s key personalities. He graced numerous magazine covers and appeared on numerous talk shows, even headlining a Saturday morning cartoon.
This hotly anticipated biopic is reportedly still very much in the early stages, with no word as of yet as to when shooting will start.
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