Chris Hemsworth is no stranger to playing a superhero as seen in the Marvel movies. Now Hemsworth is reportedly set to play the larger than life, iconic wrestler, Hulk Hogan!
The upcoming biopic reunites director Todd Phillips with Scott Silver, the respective director and writer of the upcoming DC Comics movie The Joker. John Pollono (Stronger) will co-write the script with Silver.
Deals for the Hogan project are in the midst of closing with Netflix. Producing will be Michael Sugar, the Academy Award winner behind Spotlight, who will produce via his Netflix-based Sugar23, and Phillips and Bradley Cooper, who will produce via their banner Joint Effort. Also producing will be Hemsworth and Eric Bischoff.
Hogan is one of the men who would be on the “Mount Rushmore of Wrestling.” He defined the sport for a generation of fans around the world.
Born Terry Gene Bollea, Hogan began his career in the late 1970s in the Florida wrestling circuit, and when he started in the WWF, he frequently squared off against Andre the Giant as a villainous fighter. When Vince McMahon took over the company and began expanding it into a national presence, Hogan was its face and by then a hero persona. Hogan was known to tell kids to eat their vitamins and say their prayers. He has and continues to have a loyal fan base of “Hulkamaniacs.”
Sources via Deadline say the film will focus on Hogan’s rise and is described as an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.
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