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by jeff sneider
Emile Hirsch is set to play 'Saturday Night Live' alum John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982.
The young actor is set to play the late actor-musician in an indie biopic.
Emile Hirsch has been cast as Saturday Night Live alum John Belushi in an upcoming biopic from writer-director Steve Conrad, TheWrap has learned.
Hirsch will have to gain weight to play Belushi, who died from a tragic drug overdose at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California in 1982 at the age of 33. Michael Chiklis played Belushi in the 1989 movie Wired, which Belushi’s family and friends refused to support.
Conrad’s project boasts their cooperation, with Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, producing and Belushi’s Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd executive producing. Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmerman are also producing with Scott Lambert of Film 360.
Conrad is planning to start production in the spring in New York.
While Hirsch has a reputation as a gifted dramatic actor thanks to searing performances in Into The Wild, Milk, Killer Joe and Alpha Dog, his comedic chops are underrated by most. His work in The Girl Next Door, Prince Avalanace and The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys prove he’s capable of pulling off the part of a sad clown who loved making people laugh as he struggled with his own addiction demons.
Hirsch, who next stars in Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor and a Bonnie & Clyde TV movie, is repped by WME and Silver Lining Entertainment. — Reuters
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