Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest names in wrestling of all time. Chris Hemsworth and his Avengers co-star Bradley Cooper are producing a biopic on Hogan. Hemsworth will be playing the role of Hogan in the movie. It will be directed by 'Joker' director Todd Phillips. For people who are fans of both professional wrestling and the deranged villain of the DC Universe, this is like a dream come true. All rights of this film is already taken by Netflix.
Hogan started his career in the late 1970s in Florida. By the end of the 1980s, he was a huge star, appearing on magazine covers, TV chat shows and he was even the face of a cartoon on Saturday morning TV.
But in 2015, WWE cut ties with the wrestling star - whose real name is Terry Bollea - after news of him using offensive language in the past emerged. In a statement to People magazine he said,
Eight years ago, I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language. There is no excuse for it and I apologise for having done it.
The film is described as Hogan's rise to the top of the wrestling world in the 1980s, which will likely cover the explosion of Hulkamania in the WWF during the Rock 'n' Wrestling Era. After stints in the WWF, New Japan and AWA, Hogan returned to World Wrestling Federation in 1983 and defeated the Iron Sheik in January 1984 to win his first of six WWF World Heavyweight Championships (a title he would hold a combined 2,185 days). He then went on to headline seven of the first eight WrestleMania events, feuding with the likes of Roddy Piper, King Kong Bundy, Andre The Giant, Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Sgt. Slaughter.
Chris Hemsworth spoke to Total Film about the challenge of becoming Hogan. He is now working out even harder to put on more muscle for the film. Hemsworth said,
This movie is going to be a really fun project. As you can imagine, the preparation for the role 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. There is the accent as well as the physicality and the attitude. I will also have to do a deep dive into the rabbit hole of the wrestling world, which I’m really looking forward to doing.