Chris Hemsworth is getting ready to play his defining role to date.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 35-year-old actor has been tapped to play legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan in a biopic directed by Todd Phillips. The film will reportedly focus on Hogan’s rise in the 1980s, eventually becoming one of the most recognizable figures in the WWF. Hogan himself will reportedly serve as a consultant and receive an executive producer credit on the movie, which is apparently close to a deal with streaming giant Netflix.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 20, 2019
Longtime Hogan friend and former WCW executive vice president Eric Bischoff will also serve as a producer on the project. There’s currently no timetable for a release date.
Hulk Hogan, born Terry Gene Bollea, is the iconic former professional wrestler known for catchphrases like “Eat your vitamins and say your prayers” and “Hulkmania is running wild”, is a 12-time world champion in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
In recent years, Hogan’s name has come up less in the context of wrestling, and more in the context of his sex tape scandal and an ensuing lawsuit with the website Gawker. In July 2015, Hogan was banished from the company after recordings of racist remarks and didn’t make his return until late 2018.
While Hogan isn’t a saint, the movie will focus solely on his rise through the ranks of WWF and how he became a cultural icon at the same time. For those reasons, the story is worth telling.