Chris Hemsworth will be entering the ring as a wrestling superstar.
The Aussie actor, known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will soon be flexing it up as wrestler Hulk Hogan in a Netflix biopic. THR broke the news, reporting that the film will be focusing on Hogan’s early career and the creation of the Hulkster & Hulkmania.
Set to direct the film is Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover trilogy and of the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix-starring The Joker. Phillips reunites with the screenwriter of that DC film, Scott Silver, who will be writing the script with Stronger scribe John Pollono.
There’s a big team here. Phillips and Hemsworth are among the producers, as is Spotlight Oscar winner Michael Sugar, Bradley Cooper (via the Join Effort banner he holds with Phillips), and Eric Bischoff, the latter of whom is a longtime wrestling industry name and has had a long working relationship with Hogan.
Hogan, born Terry Gene Bollea, became a home-name back in the ’80s, appearing on television as a champion leg-dropping World Wrestling Federation wrestler. He got his start in small-time Florida wrestling gigs in the late ’70s, but it all kicked off once he joined the WWF and became the face of the expanding entertainment brand. Hogan’s more recent years have been a little bumpy, finding him in a sex-tape scandal and entering a lawsuit that would bring down Gawker. The film won’t be focusing on this period, instead being described as Hogan’s “origins” story.
Hemsworth was recently seen as a cult leader in Drew Goddard’s Bad Times at the El Royale and will next be seen reprising his role as the God of Thunder in Avengers: Endgame, which will hit cinemas in April.