Emile Hirsch will soon be seen alongside Stephen Dorff in the indie The Motel Life, which hits theaters and VOD on Friday. But just last week, the Into the Wild star signed on to play John Belushi in a biopic about the late Saturday Night Live star, written and directed by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screenwriter Steve Conrad. Hirsch, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at a screening of The Motel Life in New York on Monday, said Conrad was the one who got him interested in the part. Video: 'Prince Avalanche' Director David Gordon Green, Emile Hirsch Go
- Hilary Lewis
Emile Hirsch welcomed his first child into the world this weekend.
According to multiple media sources, the 28-year-old actor welcomed a baby boy with his ex-girlfriend in Florida on Saturday.
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Photos of Hirsch and the child, whom he and the child's mother have named Valor, have also surfaced.
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The ‘Into The Wild’ actor welcomed a son on Oct. 27. Find out his baby boy’s unique name, right here!
Emile Hirsch is officially a dad! The actor welcomed his first son with a past girlfriend on Oct. 27. By way of introducing his son, Emile posed for a photo with his precious newborn son on Nov. 2.
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“The baby was born at a Florida hospital on Sunday, Oct. 27,” a source told E! News of the baby’s arrival. “It is boy. His name is Valor and he was six pounds and two ounces. He is a beautiful, healthy baby boy. Everyone is so excited and happy.”
“Emile showed up after the baby was born and he is spending time bonding with his new child.” Emile welcomed his first child with a former girlfriend, »
- Kristine Hope Kowalski
Well, that was fast! Less than one month after news broke that Emile Hirsch was expecting his first child with a woman he previously dated, a source confirms to Us Weekly that the baby has been born and it's a boy. The insider tells Us that the 28-year-old Into the Wild actor has named his son Valor. No further information on the unusual baby name has been released at this time, but the word "valor" means courage or bravery. The New York Daily News reported on Oct. 2 [...] »
Vulture I would have done so much better on this Brad Pitt Hair Quiz (I scored 11/15) if it was about which girlfriend he was imitating with which red carpet look
EW I was thinking Emile Hirsch was getting a little pudgy recently... now he's putting it to (potentially) good use: he's signed to star in a John Belushi biopic. Guess he'd like to get a little closer to Oscar than he got with Into the Wild
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- NATHANIEL R
It seems that Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Killer Joe, Lone Survivor) has beaten off competition from Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Adam Devine (Workaholics) for the lead role in writer-director Steve Conrad's long-gestating John Belushi biopic, with Film 360 announcing today that Hirsch has secured the part of the influential comic actor.
Conrad, whose screenwriting credits include The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will base his film on the book Belushi by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic will tackle "the iconic comedian's life as an allegory about the glory and tragedy of the American dream [and] will explore his rise to fame in the late '70s as an original cast member on Saturday Night Live and star of such films as The Blues Brothers and Animal House, through to his shocking fatal drug »
- Gary Collinson
Emile Hirsch has landed the role of comedian John Belushi in an untitled biopic to be directed by Steve Conrad (screenwriter of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"). Conrad is directing from his own script, based on the 2005 biography of Belushi by Judy Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. The film will follow the height of Belushi's career as an outsized comedic screen presence on the first iteration of Saturday Night Live and in movies, when he starred in "The Blues Brothers," and "Animal House." It also looks at his early death at age 33 to an overdose of cocaine and heroin at La's Chateau Marmont hotel. (Hirsch will be 29 when filming gets underway.) Hirsch, who's coming up in Peter Berg's army action drama "Lone Survivor" opposite Mark Wahlberg, is best known for his turns in Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" and starring alongside Penn in Gus Van Sant's "Milk. »
- Beth Hanna
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Into the Wild star will play the "Saturday Night Live" standout, known for his physical comedy and drug habit that tragically ended his life at 33 when he was found dead the Chateau Marmont of an overdose in 1982.
The biopic will be directed and written by Steve Conrad, who penned the upcoming Ben Stiller buzz-pic The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and is based on the biography "Belushi" written by John's widow Judith Belushi Pisano and author Tanner Colby and details his rise to fame as one of the most popular members of SNL and then as a famous movie actor, with such classics as Animal House and The Blues Brothers making him internationally known, »
- Andrea Miller
Thanks, we needed that. Emile Hirsch, recently seen in indie comedy Prince Avalanche and acclaimed for performances in Killer Joe and Into The Wild, has signed up to play cult comedian John Belushi in a forthcoming biopic. The new film, to be directed by Steve Conrad (writer of The Pursuit of Happyness and the upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), promises to be a warts-and-all portrait of the brilliant but vice-ridden comedian, who rose to fame on sketch TV show Saturday Night Live and classic comedy Animal House. »
Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Alpha Dog, Into the Wild) has been cast as John Belushi in the untitled biopic based on the 2005 biography Belushi, which was written by Belushi’s widow Judy Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.
Steve Conrad (The Promotion) will write and direct the film, which will cover the “heights of Belushi’s fame in The Blues Brothers as Jake Blues and Animal House as John Blutarsky along with being the biggest star on the first four seasons of Saturday Night Live. The series, which launched in 1975, included Belushi’s introductions of the Blues Brothers and Samurai Warrior characters along with memorable impressions of Wiliam Shatner, Joe Cocker, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor.”
The comedian’s death in 1982 from a mixture of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
- Philip Sticco
Emile Hirsch has signed on to play John Belushi in an as-yet-untitled biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will reportedly take place during the height of the comedian's fame, focusing on his stint on Saturday Night Live and his roles in Animal House and The Blues Brothers, through his death of a drug overdose at age 33 in 1982. It will be the second Belushi biopic, following Wired, in 1989.
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The movie will be written and directed by Steve Conrad, who »
Emile Hirsch is set to inhabit the skin of a comedy legend. The "Into the Wild" star has been cast as late comedian John Belushi in a forthcoming biopic written and to be directed by Steve Conrad ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"). The film will chart the rise to fame of the "Blues Brothers" star, who got his big break as a key player on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1970s, before his untimely death at the age of 33. Production on the film, which is being executive-produced by Belushi's "SNL" co-star Dan Aykroyd, is set to begin next spring »
- Chris Eggertsen
After much speculation as to who would take on the responsibility of portraying the storied comedian, Film 360 announced Monday that Emile Hirsch, 28, has signed on to play John Belushi in director Steve Conrad’s still-untitled biopic.
The long-gestating biopic only recently regained traction when Conrad, who wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and Ben Stiller’s upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, signed on to both write and direct. The Hangover’s Todd Phillips was originally slated to direct. Reports surfaced last week that he’d held meetings with Hirsch and Workaholics lead Adam DeVine about taking on the role. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's a bit more casting news today: Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) is set to play John Belushi in Steve Conrad's untitled biopic about the late actor. Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) will star in Tommy Wirkola's indie sci-fi drama, What Happened to Monday? Hit the jump for more on both pictures. First up from Variety is news that Hirsch has landed the lead role in the Belushi biopic. We reported that a number of actors were in the mix as recently as last week, and it looks like Hirsch edged the rest out. Adapted from the Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby book, “Belushi,” Conrad will direct from his own script. High points of Belushi’s career will be explored, including roles in The Blues Brothers, Animal House, and Saturday Night Live, up to his death at age 33 from an overdose of a mixture of cocaine and heroin at »
- Dave Trumbore
The story will cover the heights of Belushi's fame in "The Blues Brothers," "Animal House" and on "Saturday Night Live." It will also deal with his death at age 33 from an overdose of a mixture of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont.
Conrad adapted the script from the book "Belushi" by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. Shooting is scheduled to begin in spring in New York
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- Garth Franklin
Concluding years of being able to use the question of their possible casting as John Belushi as a euphemistic way of calling actors fat, Emile Hirsch has finally landed the role in Steve Conrad’s upcoming Belushi biopic. Hirsch was one of the names most recently said to be in the running, alongside Workaholics’ Adam Devine and even Joaquin Phoenix, but Hirsch eventually won out, taking on the role of the late comedian in a film that will cover the apex of his fame. Having previously lost 40 pounds to star in Into The Wild, as The Wrap notes, Hirsch »
Steve Conrad’s John Belushi biopic has got its leading man, and it might be an unexpected name for some. It was announced that Emile Hirsch, star of Into The Wild, Alpha Dog and more recently the TV reboot of Bonnie And Clyde, will be tackling the role of the late comedian.
Conrad’s biopic, which he wrote and is also set to direct, will chronicle Belushi’s life from the height of his fame with films such as The Blues Brothers and Animal House, to his untimely death at the Chateau Marmont in 1982. It based on the book Belushi, written by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.
There is no word on any other casting news just yet, but friend and collaborator of Belushi’s Dan Aykroyd will be executive producing the project (and the big question is – who will play him on the screen?)
The film is expected »
- Lucy Cave
Last week we reported on casting rumors for the Steve Conrad directed biopic of the late John Belushi and it appears that one of those frontrunners has taken the role. Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild, Prince Avalanche) will portray the famed comedian in the untitled biopic, which will tackle "the iconic comedian’s life as an embodiment of the glory and tragedy of the American dream. The film will explore the height of his fame with films like The Blues »
- Paul Shirey
First announced three years ago , writer-director Steven Conrad's still-untitled biopic of John Belushi has found its leading man. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Emile Hirsch, best known for projects like Into the Wild , Milk and Speed Racer , will play the legendary comedian. Warner Bros. acquired the rights from Belushi's estate with Belushi's widow, Judith, who published the book "Belushi" in 2005 with Tanner Colby. She will serve as an executive producer on the project, as Judith Belushi Pisano (she's since remarried) with the book informing the screenplay. It is officially described as follows: On the day he turned thirty, John starred in America's number-one movie ("Animal House"), starred in the number-one late-night show »
A biopic based on comedian John Belushi has been in the works for over three years, with Hangover director Todd Phillips set to direct it at one point. Phillips has since dropped out as the director, but is still attached to produce it. The movie is now set to be directed by its screenwriter, Steve Conrad, who has previously written The Weather Man and Ben Stiller's upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. This will be his first directing gig, and it should be a good one.
The filmmakers are looking to cast an actor to play Belushi in the movie, and according to THR, the director has met with Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Adam Devine (Comedy Central’s Workaholics) to play Belushi, and Joaquin Phoenix's name also has surfaced as being up for the role.
All of these choices are very interesting, and they are all very talented actors. »
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