Who could play John Belushi? Hollywood wants to know
October 23rd, 2013
12:02 PM ET

Who could play John Belushi? Hollywood wants to know

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.

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Speed Racer is the new John Belushi

    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.

    October 29, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. BDog

    Kevin Smith he is Fat and High just like Belushi

    October 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Great White Snark

    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.

    October 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. barb

    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.

    October 27, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. tall cool one

    what about the dude from the hangover ...love the jack black idea too!

    October 26, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fred

    his brother James could do it.

    October 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Linda M

    Bobby Moynihan on SNL would be perfect. He looks a lot like John and he is very talented.

    October 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CommonSense

    Patton Oswalt

    October 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fuggidall Nummnutz


    October 26, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Meh

    Just let him be and remember his genius. Nobody can replace or re-enact his antics.

    October 25, 2013 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. bjn72

    John Goodman comes to mind

    October 24, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gman

      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

      October 29, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. jujubeans

    Rosie O'Donnel.

    October 24, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pennie

    His brother John

    October 24, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mlb

    Jack Black immediately springs to mind. He has the good-natured out of control thing, I think he'd be great

    October 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      Jack Black gets my vote!

      October 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      This is who I thought of first also! I wonder if they've considered him.

      October 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • EM74

      ABSOLUTELY!! Jack Black! He has the right look and can do both drama and comedy well.

      October 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • chattypatty

      Yes, my first choice is also Jack Black!!

      October 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • barb

      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.

      October 27, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    Lee Camp could own this role if he's willing to pack on a few pounds.

    October 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ryan

    Artie Lange

    October 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cait

      Yes! He'd be great! But I fear he may be too old to play a 20-30 year old convincingly by now.

      October 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Matt

    Jack Black would be an awesome Belushi.

    October 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. dpalmer3

    Why not Jim Belushi?

    October 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Gerbil

    Not Jonah Hill...not Seth Rogen...

    October 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |

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