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Todd Phillips To Direct Hulk Hogan Biopic Starring Chris Hemsworth

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Just announced by the Hollywood Reporter, Todd Phillips, best known for the Hangover Triology, Old School, and the upcoming Joker film with Joaquin Phoenix, will be directing a new biopic about Hulk Hogan. Starring in the film will be Australian superstar Chris Hemsworth, who gained world-wide recognition as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reports say that the film, which will most likely be a Netflix release, will not cover Hogan’s entire life, but focus on the origin story of Hulkamania.

In the 21st century, however, Hogan’s fortunes were see-sawing as personal conflicts overtook those inside the ring. Most notably, he was embroiled in a sex tape scandal, with the wife of a friend and radio personality, including a years-long lawsuit that precipitated the end of Gawker and led to Hogan receiving tens of millions of dollars in a settlement.

The biopic will not delve into those years or attempt to encompass Hogan’s entire life. Instead, sources say it will focus on his rise and is described as an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.

The deal, which took months to put together, will include life rights, with Bollea acting as a consultant on the movie as well as executive producer.

Check out the full Reporter story here. 

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