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Zac Efron to star in 'The Iron Claw' biopic about the Von Erich family

The film is being written and directed by Sean Durkin.

The story of the Von Erich family is closer to reaching the big screen.

Deadline reported today that Zac Efron is set to star in the film "The Iron Claw" about the Von Erich family. The movie is a drama and is being written and directed by Sean Durkin.

The report didn't state which Von Erich family member Efron will be playing.

"Based on the true story of the Von Erichs, the film follows the rise and fall of the Von Erich family, a dynasty of wrestlers who made a huge impact on the sport from the 1960s to the present day," Deadline wrote.

Durkin wrote and directed the critically acclaimed film "Martha Marcy May Marlene" in 2011.

Independent film company A24 is financing and producing "The Iron Claw."

Deadline first reported in January 2020 that Durkin was working on developing the Von Erich biopic.

In 2019, an episode of Vice TV's "Dark Side of the Ring" chronicled the tragedy of the Von Erich family. The documentary focused on Kevin Von Erich being the last surviving Von Erich brother. Kevin's sons Marshall & Ross Von Erich currently compete for MLW.

ESPN also produced an edition of "30 for 30 Shorts" on the Von Erichs in 2015.