The Thor actor will play Hulk Hogan during the rise of his wrestling career

By Eric Todisco
February 20, 2019 05:25 PM
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Thor himself will be getting all tanned up to play WWE legend Hulk Hogan in a new movie.

Chris Hemsworth is set to play the wrestler in a project from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, according The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor, 35, will portray Hogan, 65, during the time his wrestling career was on the rise. According to the outlet, the biopic won’t focus on Hogan’s eventual personal struggles but will be “an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.”

Hogan’s career, which began in the 70s, hit its peak during the 80s where he was often on magazine covers and appeared on talk-shows. Most recently, Hogan became embroiled in personal issues such as a sex tape scandal.

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He was recenlty the subject of the 2017 Netflix film, Nobody Speak, which focused on his high-profile lawsuit against Gawker, the online news outlet that published the sex tape without his permission. The years-long suit ended with Hogan being awarded a multimillion-dollar settlement in 2016, and Gawker and its affiliated websites were later sold off when the company declared bankruptcy.

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Hogan will act as both a consultant and executive producer on the project, with Bradley Cooper also on board as a producer, per the outlet.