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Netflix finalizing deal for Hulk Hogan biopic

A Hulk Hogan biopic has been announced, with Netflix close to finalizing a deal.

The Hollywood Reporter reported this afternoon that Chris Hemsworth, best known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, is set to play Hulk Hogan in an upcoming biopic directed by Todd Phillips, who directed the Hangover trilogy.

Hemsworth and Phillips, along with actor Bradley Cooper, Michael Sugar (writer of 8 Mile and the director for the upcoming Joker film), and Eric Bischoff will serve as producers. Hulk Hogan will also serve as a consultant and executive producer along with Ashley Zalta, who is a part of Sugar’s Sugar23 production company.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will not focus on Hogan’s later troubles, which include the lawsuit against Gawker regarding a sex tape that later revealed derogatory racial language. Instead, it is being described as an origin story that will feature the rise of Hogan's career.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the Hogan movie project “is in the midst” of closing with Netflix.