It appears the search is on for a soul man who can wear a toga.
A biopic of famed "Saturday Night Live" star John Belushi is in the works after years of being in development limbo over at Warner Bros., according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film was originally a studio project of "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips, with Steve Conrad, the writer of the upcoming "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," putting together a script. However, the film will now reportedly be produced as an indie film with Conrad directing rather than writing.
As far as who will play the renowned Blues Brother himself, Conrad has met with Emile Hirsch ("Into The Wild") and Adam DeVine from Comedy Central's "Workaholics" to discuss the part. Joaquin Phoenix - who has already gone down the biopic road portraying Johnny Cash in "Walk The Line" - has also been connected to the role.
Nelson Franklin (whom you would recognize as a guest star on "The Office" and "New Girl") is also in talks to play the other half of the "Blues Brothers," while Dan Aykroyd is on board the film as a producer along with Belushi's widow, Judy Belushi Pisano.
According to people close to the film, the biopic plans to tell a full story of Belushi's rise to fame from playing Samurai Futaba on "Saturday Night Live" and Bluto in "Animal House" to his tragic death at the age of 33.
The plan is to start shooting in New York City next spring.
According to IMDB, Emile Hirsch was cast in the role. The little dude will have to pack on some pounds, or don a fat suit.
Kevin Smith he is Fat and High just like Belushi
Just cast some fat, black actor since that seems to be the trend in Hollywood these days. This country is going to hell in a hand basket with all this anti-white racism.
ADAM PALLY FROM HAPPY ENDINGS. HE COULD PULL OFF ALL THE PHYSICAL COMEDY PLUS HE CAN GROW A BEARD AND LOOK REALLY GRUFF
My first immediate response to the question was Jack Black. He seems perfect for the role. He not only has a bit of a resemblance, but as a comedic actor he has a similar energy to John Belushi.
what about the dude from the hangover ...love the jack black idea too!
his brother James could do it.
Bobby Moynihan on SNL would be perfect. He looks a lot like John and he is very talented.
GILBERT GOTTFRIED....WHO ELSE?
Dumbest idea ever. GG is the most irritating, unfunny schlemeel in the universe.
Just let him be and remember his genius. Nobody can replace or re-enact his antics.
John Goodman comes to mind
Really??? He's too tall, too old and looks nothing like him. Jack Black is probably the best choice, however, apparantly Tom Hardy is going to play the role
Shove doze pearls up ure keester
Ummm, NO. Rosie can play the beached manatee in the next Disney movie, but Belushi? What kinda sh!t u smokin'?
why do you not audition great white snark?...you may be able to do it
I'd love to, but I'm far too tall and handsome to play Belushi. Jack Black would be fine with me.
His brother John
You mean Jim? (Pay attention, Pennie.)
Carol Burnett is a legend and always will be.
Jack Black immediately springs to mind. He has the good-natured out of control thing, I think he'd be great
Jack Black gets my vote!
This is who I thought of first also! I wonder if they've considered him.
ABSOLUTELY!! Jack Black! He has the right look and can do both drama and comedy well.
Yes, my first choice is also Jack Black!!
Totally agree. I even think he can do the one eyebrow up thing that Belushi always did. I think it is interesting people think John's brother Jim could do the role. I don't think the two of them are anything alike in their comedic styles. And, Jim is just too old for the part.
Lee Camp could own this role if he's willing to pack on a few pounds.
Yes! He'd be great! But I fear he may be too old to play a 20-30 year old convincingly by now.
Jack Black would be an awesome Belushi.
Why not Jim Belushi?
EXACTLY my thoughts! It would be perfection.
Hasn't he ridden John's coat-tails enough? Step out of that shadow, bro!
Not Jonah Hill...not Seth Rogen...
I am insulted by your Trig joke.
As everyone happens to know, Trig is the smartest one in his family.
I am insulted by your picking on a special needs kid. How 'bout I just put this cowboy boot upside your head? Or maybe I'll just snap your neck.
@chuck why don't you just go back to kissing Mike Huckabee's butt. You seem pretty good at it.
Another misuse of "too"
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