Emile Hirsch Is John Belushi in Upcoming Biopic

The actor beat out Joaquin Phoenix and Adam DeVine for the coveted role. Steve Conrad is directing the untitled drama about the comedian's tumultuous life.
Emile Hirsch will star in the John Belushi biopic
Emile Hirsch will star in the John Belushi biopic
Emile Hirsch has signed on to star in the Untitled John Belushi Project, less than a week after we reported he was in contention for the title role alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Workaholics star Adam DeVine.

Steve Conrad (The Weather Man) wrote the screenplay and is directing the biopic, which follows comedian John Belushi's life until his tragic death at the age of 33 from a heroin overdose in 1982. The story is said to be an allegory that illuminates the highs and lows of the American dream. Our report from last week revealed that Nelson Franklin (Jobs, Argo) is in contention to play the comedian's longtime friend and The Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd.

John Belushi's widow, Judith Belushi-Pisano, is serving as executive producer along with Dan Aykroyd. Alexandra Milchan, Bonnie Timmermann and Scott Lambert are producing, with shooting scheduled to begin next spring.

Emile Hirsch most recently starred in the indie hits Killer Joe and Prince Avalanche. He will next be seen in Lone Survivor.

Untitled John Belushi Project was released in 2013 and stars Emile Hirsch, Miles Teller. The film is directed by Steve Conrad.

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Comments (4)

  1. skywise

    Such an odd choice.

    10 months agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. CelluloidDreams

    strange casting!!

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  3. Moviemaniack1993

    Thank God they did not go with Joaquin. He was already Johnny Cash and I wouldn't wanna see him in another biopic.

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  4. MovieManiac

    He's gonna have to gain a lot of weight but other than that, he is a fantastic and very underrated actor (he was robbed of an Oscar nom for Into the Wild) and I know that he will kill the role. Can't wait to see him in action.

    10 months agoby @moviemaniac66Flag