Emile Hirsch set to play John Belushi in new biopic

29 October 2013

Thanks, we needed that.

Emile Hirsch, recently seen in indie comedy Prince Avalanche and acclaimed for performances in Killer Joe and Into The Wild, has signed up to play cult comedian John Belushi in a forthcoming biopic.

The new film, to be directed by Steve Conrad (writer of The Pursuit of Happyness and the upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), promises to be a warts-and-all portrait of the brilliant but vice-ridden comedian, who rose to fame on sketch TV show Saturday Night Live and classic comedy Animal House.

Belushi had a troubled life behind the scenes, binging on drink and drugs at the height of his fame and dying at just 33, following an overdose of a heroin and cocaine cocktail.

It’s an interesting move for Hirsch in a career full of interesting moves, and while he doesn’t have a huge comedy pedigree (save for early hit The Girl Next Door), he certainly has the acting chops - and the prominent eyebrows - to do the legendary comedian justice.

Let’s just see how he looks in a toga.

The as yet-untitled biopic is due to start shooting in the spring.

Source: First Showing