JUST IN - ‘ Thor’ star to become Hulk Hogan in new movie
Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor, will be playing the character of Hulk Hogan, the iconicUS wrestler, in a forthcoming biopic.
The film star, who is famous for his role as Marvel’s ‘Thor’, the superhero and god of thunder, will portray the legendary wrestler’s ascent to prominence.
It is understood that the film is being directed by Todd Phillips, who was behind the 2019 movie ‘Joker’.
Speaking on the forthcoming biopic, Hemsworth, according to Daily Mail, said: “There’s a great script and there’s a great story waiting to be told.
“ I met with Todd Phillips and we talked about this 11 years ago. And then he did Joker and now I think he’s doing a sequel. So I know he’s immersed in a few different projects. But when he calls, I’ll be ready to go.
‘This movie is going to be a really fun project. As you can imagine, the preparation will be insanely physical.
“I will have to put on more size than I ever have before — even more than I put on for Thor.”
Hogan is widely regarded as the most recognised wrestling star worldwide and the most popular of the 1980s.
He began his professional wrestling career in 1977 but gained worldwide recognition after signing for World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1983.
There, his persona as a heroic all-American helped usher in the 1980s professional wrestling boom, where he headlined eight of the first nine editions of WWF’s flagship annual event, WrestleMania.
During his initial run, he won the WWF Championship five times, with his first reign being the second-longest in the championship’s history.
He is the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumble matches in 1990 and 1991.
His match with Andre the Giant on WWF The Main Event on February 5, 1988, still holds American television viewership records for wrestling with a 15.2 Nielsen rating and 33 million viewers.
In 1993, Hogan departed the WWF to sign for rival promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
He won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times and holds the record for the longest reign.
In 1996, he underwent a career renaissance upon adopting the villainous persona of Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
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