Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan in Netflix film

Last updated at 07:09
Picture of Hulk Hogan alongside a picture of Chris Hemsworth.Getty Images; PA

Avengers: Endgame star Chris Hemsworth will take on the role of WWE wrestling royalty Hulk Hogan in a new film for Netflix.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hemsworth will produce the film along with his Avengers co-star Bradley Cooper - yes, Thor and Rocket are producing a film together!

Hogan is one of the biggest names in wrestling of all time.

He started his career in the late 1970s in Florida. By the end of the 1980s, he was a huge star, appearing on magazine covers, TV chat shows and he was even the face of a cartoon on Saturday morning TV.

He went on to win the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991, which made him the first man to win two in a row.

Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by actor and director Sylvester Stallone and has made appearances for the WWE across the last five decades.

But in 2015, WWE cut ties with the wrestling star - whose real name is Terry Bollea - after news of him using offensive language in the past emerged.

In a statement to People magazine he said: "Eight years ago, I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language. There is no excuse for it and I apologise for having done it."

Three years later - in July 2018 - the organisation welcomed him back. It said he deserved a second chance after making "numerous apologies and working with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake".

The new film will not focus on controversies, though. It will be about his meteoric rise to wrestling stardom and glory years of the 1980s - an "origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania".

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