I had to re-read this article a handful of times to make sure this wasn’t an early April Fool’s Joke. Heat Vision reports that Chris Hemsworth, better known to movie audiences as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or as Kirk’s Dad in 2009’s Star Trek), will be starring in a Hulk Hogan biopic to be co-written and directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy, the upcoming Joker flick starring Jaoquin Pheonix). The film, which looks to be heading to Netflix, will not tell ALL of Hogan’s story unfortunately; instead it’ll act as an “origin story” of Hulkamania, whatever that means. Given that Hogan is one of the producers (as well as Hemsworth and Eric Bischoff) that’s altogether not surprising, but a little disappointing. I hope they at least make it to the late-80s or something so Dan Soder can do his uncanny ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage impersonation for the masses. No timetable or anything related to release date, or production, or nothing.
Given all the (justifiably) negative press surrounding Hogan in his later years, I’m surprised things have cooled off enough for any biopic to be made of him. That being said I cannot WAIT to see this for myself, and to see Hemsworth do a Hulk Hogan impression. That’s gonna be WILD, brother jack dude.
Some crazy news, courtesy of Sports Illustrated; The Undertaker, arguably the most WWE guy to ever WWE, has been booked for an appearance at the Starrcast II wrestling convention, happening during AEW Double or Nothing weekend. The inaugural Starrcast took place over All In weekend back in September, featuring all sorts of wrestlers and podcasts and pretty much everything you could want at a wrestling convention. But although he does some work for AEW, including hosting its Double or Nothing launch event earlier in the month, podcast host/insurance salesman/guy who apparently never sleeps Conrad Thompson made it a point in the article to mention that Starrcast is its own thing and not an AEW-branded event. Undertaker, real name Mark Callaway, started taking non-WWE bookings as of last week and this is his first big appearance that’s been announced to my knowledge.
While Starrcast II runs all weekend (May 23-26) leading up to Double or Nothing, The Undertaker appearance will only happen on May 25th. Bracelets go on sale for the convention this Friday, but they mentioned Platinum and Gold in particular so I guess you’ll need one of those to meet The Deadman. I don’t know how conventions work, being around people is gross. Visit the official Starrcast II site for more info if you can stomach being in crowds though, sounds like it’ll be a good time. Meanwhile I’m just going to sit back and try to process THE UNDERTAKER being part of a non-WWE event. That’s going to take some time to get used to.