If you’ve been patiently waiting to see the story of legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan be told on the big screen, you’re finally getting the opportunity. If you aren’t familiar with Hogan’s work, he is one of the few names that skyrocketed wrestling and WWF (now WWE) into the mainstream back in the ’80s. This long tenure as one of the lead wrestler’s for the organization was then followed by a post-career life of wild issues. Now, years later, his story will told on the big screen from the director of The Hangover with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, playing him.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news yesterday that Hemsworth, who is known for his towering role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has signed on to play Hogan in an upcoming biopic from Todd Phillips. The report notes that the film will not touch Hogan’s later-in-life antics, rather focusing on his days as a backstage master technician and larger-than-life personality inside the ring. Per the reported, it’s “described as an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.” Many people are comparing this news to the way that Bohemian Rhapsody was told, as it finished off with the legendary Live Aid Concert. Of course, including the post-career antics of Hogan would be an absolutely fascinating story to tell, but there is still tons of information there for them to tell a complete story.
Phillips will also produce the film alongside his producing partner Bradley Cooper behind their company Joint Effort. THR also revealed that the project is being made for Netflix, which seems to be every movie ever recently. Hemsworth is the perfect choice for this role in the current film space. We obviously see every year how much of a muscular presence he can be on screen, and he’s displayed the many different kind of performances he can put into a role. Playing Hogan will require a specific type of performance and Hemsworth is definitely one of just the few.
Outside of Hemsworth, Phillips is definitely an interesting choice for this project. He’s obviously known for his work on The Hangover trilogy, but also did War Dogs with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. That film received an average response from critical space, but many of the average audience really responded to it. He’s currently working on that Joker origin story with Joaquin Phoenix that has a large amount of people excited, but we’ve yet to really see anything on it. Hopefully this is the right pairing as this could end up being one of the more intriguing biopics put together in recent memory.
What do you think of this news? Does Hulk Hogan deserve a biopic before some other wrestlers? How about Hemsworth playing him? Too perfect or not enough? Do you like Phillips’ work? Is he the right director for the job? Stay tuned here at Apocaflix! as more information trickles out on this project.