Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who rose to prominence playing Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away, is all set to portray wrestling legend Hulk Hogan in a biographical drama for Netflix. The film will be directed by “Hangover” maker Todd Phillips.
The film is expected to look into Hogan’s rise from the Florida wrestling circuit to becoming the face of the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s where he squared off with villain Andre the Giant. At his peak, Hogan graced the covers of magazines and headlined a Saturday morning cartoon. The term “Hulkamania” was coined in 1984, with Hogan referring to his legions of fans as “Hulkamaniacs” during interviews.
The project will be produced by Michael Sugar through his Sugar23’s first-look Netflix deal along with Joint Efforts’ Phillips and Bradley Cooper, Eric Bischoff, and Hemsworth.