Hollywood superstar Chris Hemsworth who has become a household name due to his portrayal of the popular Marvel Cinematic Universe characters Thor Odinson in the Thor and Avengers franchise is all set to lace up his wrestling boots and portray the role of WWE legend Hulk Hogan in his biopic.
According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be directed by Todd Phillips and will be written by Scott Silver, who are the duo working on the upcoming Joker origin movie. Some of the producers on the movie will be Hollywood superstar Bradley Cooper and the genius behind WWE’s biggest rival World Championship Wrestling Eric Bischoff. Hulk Hogan himself will serve on the film as an executive producer and will have inputs in the script.
The movie will cover Hulk Hogan whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea’s journey through the ’70s and ’80s, as he became the biggest superstar in the history of professional wrestling, turning it from a niche form of entertainment to becoming a fixture of the mainstream media. The movie will chart the rise of Hulkamania as it completely transformed the landscape of professional wrestling in Vince McMahon’s WWE.
Hulk Hogan in recent years has courted a lot of controversy with his racist tirades which were caught on record as well as a sex-tape which came out. But these aspects of his life will be obviously left out of the movie.
The producers are already in talks with streaming giants Netflix to close the deal but the production or release date has not been confirmed as of yet.
There is no denying the impact which Hogan has had on the business and a story on his life could be an interesting watch. With big names like Chris Hemsworth and Bradley Cooper associated with the project, it could only be a good sign for the world of professional wrestling, which is right now in a dire need for some mainstream attention with flagging TRP’s and record low ratings.