HOLLYWOOD – After dabbling in the pseudo sport with his critically acclaimed film The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky has decided to climb back into the squared circle to helm the long awaited Wrestlemania.
“I’m excited to be part of the project and I’d like to thank WWE President Vince McMahon for allowing me the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream,” said a jubilant Aronofsky.
The script, penned by House of Cards chief writer Beau Willimon tells the story of the first Wrestlemania event that took place in Madison Square Gardens on the 31st March, 1985 and a veritable who’s who of Hollywood have been heavily campaigning for a role.
“Everyone wants in,” said Aronofsky.
My phone has been ringing off the hook but I’ll be honest, I already have the majority of my cast in place.
Aronofsky revealed that Tom Hardy has snagged the coveted role of the Immortal Hulk Hogan. Gary Oldman and Ralph Fiennes will play Superfly Jimmy Snuka and Brutus the Barber Beefcake, respectively. Also on-board are Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mr T, Michael Gambon as Greg ‘The Hammer’Valentine (a role originally written for the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and Jeremy Irons will be donning a kilt to play ill tempered Scotsman Rowdy Roddy Piper. With Michael Douglas set to reprise his role as Guest timekeeper Liberace and Kevin Spacey chiming in as legendary commentator Gorilla Monsoon you would think Aronofsky couldn’t possibly pack any more talent in, but you’d be wrong.
“I’m really excited about the character of Andre the Giant,” said Aronofsky.
Andre was 7ft tall so Christian Bale has been tied to a rack for three months and has managed to extend his height by almost a foot. Combined with his high fat and high protein diet he’s really starting to look the part and I think it’s either going to be the greatest performance of all time, or he’s going die screaming in a pool of his own filth at any given moment.
Wrestlemania is due for release in 2015.
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