Chris Hemsworth set to play Hulk Hogan in new Netflix biopic on the WWE superstar

The Netflix biopic will focus on his rise, and the film is being described as an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania


                            Chris Hemsworth set to play Hulk Hogan in new Netflix biopic on the WWE superstar

Actor Chris Hemsworth is all set to play WWE superstar Hulk Hogan in a biopic to be directed by Todd Phillips, it was reported.

According to Hollywood Reporter, the movie deal with Netflix is in the middle of being closed, and the only information available now is that the biopic will be produced by Michael Sugar via his Netflix-based Sugar23, and Phillips and Bradley Cooper, via their banner Joint Effort.

The writing department is being handled by Scott Silver, the writer of the upcoming DC Comics movie 'The Joker', with co-writer John Pollono.

Actor Chris Hemsworth at the Avengers: Infinity War Press Junket in Los Angeles, CA April 22nd, 2018 (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)
Actor Chris Hemsworth at the Avengers: Infinity War Press Junket in Los Angeles, CA April 22nd, 2018 (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

 

It is also being claimed that Hemsworth and producer Eric Bischoff will also be a part of the film's production process.

Hogan, who is one of the biggest names in the wrestling world, was a constant TV fixture in 1980s America as a part of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

The WWE star frequently translated his championship-winning leg drops and star power into forays into movies and television, endorsements and video games. Hogan, who was born Terry Gene Bollea, started his wrestling career in the late 1970s in Florida, and when Vince McMahon took over the WWF, Hogan became the company's face and a larger than life figure.

Wrestler Hulk Hogan gives the crowd a taste of 'Hulkamania' as he appears on MTV's Total Request Live at MTV's Time Square Studios March 15, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Wrestler Hulk Hogan gives the crowd a taste of 'Hulkamania' as he appears on MTV's Total Request Live at MTV's Time Square Studios March 15, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

 

However, by the turn of the millenium, Hogan's fortunes started on a downward spiral owing to personal conflicts inside the ring. Furthermore, the professional wrestler found himself in the middle of an infamous sex-scandal with the wife of a friend and radio personality.

However, the biopic does not plan on delving into Hogan's negative life story or even trying to encompass his entire life.

Sources have claimed that the Netflix biopic will instead focus on his rise, and the film is being described as an origin story of the phenomena of Hulkster and Hulkamania. 

Hulk Hogan and daughter Brooke Hogan arrive at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena August 29, 2004 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Hulk Hogan and daughter Brooke Hogan arrive at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena August 29, 2004 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

 

Fans of the WWE superstar as well as the 'Avengers' actor just cannot seem to contain their excitement about the project.

One fan tweeted, “Chris Hemsworth is playing Hulk Hogan is a biopic on Netflix… might be perfect casting honestly I can’t wait to see it.”

“If you would have told me 15 years ago that Kim, the gym guy in Home and Away would end up playing not just Thor but also Hulk Hogan, then BROTHER, I would have said you’ve been taking the wrong kinda vitamins! Chris Hemsworth, you legend! 👏,” a second fan tweeted. Another wrote, “I mourn for Chris Hemsworth. That spray tan he’s going to have to get to play Hulk Hogan is going to be…something.”

Hulk Hogan is declared the winner as his opponent Ric Flair lays flat on the floor during Hulk Hogan's Hulkamania Tour at Rod Laver Arena on November 21, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
Hulk Hogan is declared the winner as his opponent Ric Flair lays flat on the floor during Hulk Hogan's Hulkamania Tour at Rod Laver Arena on November 21, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)