HBO released the first full trailer for its upcoming documentary on professional wrestling legend Andre The Giant, and it’s shaping up to be a must-watch for wrestling fans.
The film, which is scheduled for an April 10 release, is a collaboration between HBO Sports, WWE and the Bill Simmons Media Group.
“Everyone who ever crossed paths with him has an Andre story—and usually four or five,” Simmons told HBO.com. “I’m delighted to join forces with [director] Jason Hehir and WWE so we can capture Andre’s amazing story once and for all.”
The film will not only showcase Andre The Giant’s rise to super stardom in the world of professional wrestling, but also his demise and the darker side of what his life was like. The doc includes interviews with several people who were close with him, including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Billy Crystal and WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
Andre The Giant, who others knew by his real name Andre Rene Roussimoff, reportedly stood 7’4 and weighed more than 500 pounds. He ushered in a new wave of professional wrestling and as a result of his contributions to the business, became the first member of the WWE Hall of Fame in 1993, just two months after he passed away at the age of 46 years old.
As Hulk Hogan describes in the trailer, “He did sports entertainment before there was sports entertainment.”