It looks like Emile Hirsch just nabbed one of the best roles of his career. He is set to play John Belushi in an untitled biopic about the actor, written and directed by screenwriter Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Pursuit of Happyness).
According to the report the film "will cover the heights of Belushi’s fame in The Blues Brothers and Animal House and as a key player on the first four seasons of “Saturday Night Live” to his death at age 33 from an overdose of a mixture of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
I've always liked Hirsch as an actor. He was rumored to be up for the role a few days ago, and I'm happy to see he actually landed it. I think he's going to be great playing the iconic comedian.
Hirsch will next be seen in the History Channel miniseries Bonnie and Clyde and in Peter Berg's Navy SEAL film Lone Survivor, opposite Mark Wahlberg. The movie is being executive produced by Belushi’s comic partner Dan Aykroyd, and they are currently on the hunt to find an actor to play a young version of him in the film.