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
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.
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.
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.
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.”