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Report: Hulk Hogan biopic to star Avengers' Chris Hemsworth

Todd Phillips of 'The Hangover' and the upcoming 'Joker' will direct.
Hulk Hogan, shown in 2005, will be played by Chris Hemsworth, right, in an upcoming biopic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (Hogan: AP Photo/Chris Carlson; Hemsworth: AP Photo/Walt Disney Studios/Marvel, Jay Maidment

Thor and Hulk might be getting their own movie. And it's nothing like what you're expecting.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Avengers star Chris Hemsworth has signed a deal to play wrestling icon and Tampa native Hulk Hogan in a biopic helmed by The Hangover director Todd Phillips.

The Hollywood Reporter says the film is being developed for Netflix by a team that includes Phillips, Oscar-winning Spotlight producer Michael Sugar and Bradley Cooper. The script is from Scott Silver (The Fighter, 8 Mile) and John Pollono (Stronger).

The obvious question for Hogan's hometown fans: Will Tampa get some time on the big screen?

Possibly. The report says the film will focus on Hogan's rise to wrestling mega-fame, serving as "an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania." That could include his first years wrestling in Tampa, and around the Florida circuit. Hogan himself is expected to serve as a consultant on the film.

It is not expected to focus on Hogan's later years, including his sex-tape scandal involving Bubba the Love Sponge, which led to a blockbuster invasion of privacy lawsuit (partially funded by PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel) against Gawker Media that took place in St. Petersburg.

Last summer, Vulture reported that at least three movies about the Hogan-Gawker affair were in development, including one from Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence.

Contact Jay Cridlin at cridlin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8336. Follow @JayCridlin.

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