Emile Hirsch to Play John Belushi in Biopic

Emile Hirsch John Belushi Biopic

Thesp will next be seen in telepic 'Bonnie and Clyde'

Emile Hirsch has been cast as John Belsuhi in Steve Conrad’s untitled biopic about the larger-than-life comic actor.

Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan, Bonnie Timmermann, Film 360’s Scott Lambert and Judy Belushi Pisano are producing. Belsuhi Pisano was the actor’s high school sweetheart and had been his wife for six years at the time of his death in 1982.

Filming will start in New York City in the spring. Hirsch will be 29 when production starts.

Conrad will direct from his own script, adapted from the 2005 biography “Belushi,” written by Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.

Belushi’s “Saturday Night Live” castmate and close friend Dan Aykroyd is exec producing.

The film 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 film will also cover his unexpected death at age 33 from an overdose of a mixture of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

Hirsch will next be seen  in the miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde” and in “Lone Survivor” opposite Mark Wahlberg. His credits include “Into the Wild,” “Killer Joe,” “Milk” and “Prince Avalanche,” which won the best director award for David Gordon Green at Berlin this year.

Conrad wrote the screenplay for Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

Upcoming Film 360 projects include the untitled Steve Job biography, to be adapted by Aaron Sorkin; “Sesame Street”; and “Good People,” starring James Franco and Kate Hudson and currently in post-production.

Hirsch is represented by WME, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney Robert Offer. Conrad is repped by CAA.  Aykroyd is represented by CAA and attorney Alan Hergott of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.

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  1. Patrick says:

    Oh boy, the first biopic ever to have the lead look almost nothing like the real life counterpart…. Emile is a great actor, he’ll pull it off.

  2. I like Emile Hirsch but OMG…Jack Black was ROBBED!!!!
    Talk about ignoring the low hanging fruit!

  3. Hm says:

    Oh, another movie where somebody’s last name is the title of the movie

  4. Dissin Terry says:

    Horrible casting.

  5. Matt Hoffman says:


  6. Remember how harsh his widow & Dan were towards Bob Woodward? And then when the film came out? This either is going to be an unbelievable whitewash or it might be even-handed, which is what they claimed Woodward’s book wasn’t. But Emile Hirsch? Not even if he did a DeNiro!

  7. Kevin k says:

    Good actor, but wow he’s going to have to gain a lot of weight. Looks nothing like Belushi

  8. Peter Rosen says:

    Director Larry Peerce in 1989 already told this story brilliantly. “Wired”. But the film was pretty much buried because it dealt with dug abuse in Hollywood, a no no to this day.

  9. heather mclaughlin says:


  10. Don D. Smith says:

    OMG! This project is DOA. You will need more than luck to see this turkey even make video sales.

  11. Jim says:

    Estate approval??????

    Remembered the book, “WIRED”, became a movie starring Michael Chiklis (as Belushi) and Gary Groomes (as Dan Aykroyd)???? BOMDED at the box office.

  12. I was really hoping they were considering Matthew Boren (Stuart from HIMYM, and the lead from Momma’s Man at Sundance 2008). He is a very funny man, and has some striking similarities to Belushi in appearance. Emile will be great though.

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