A few months ago the surprising news emerged that Emil Hirsch had been tapped to star in a biopic of portly funnyman John Belushi. Now we know who’ll be joining him as John Belushi, as THR reports Mile Teller has bagged the role.
Steve Conrad (The Weather Man) wrote the screenplay and is directing the biopic, which follows John Belushi’s life until his tragic death at the age of 33 from a heroin overdose. The story is said to be an allegory that illuminates the highs and lows of the American dream.
Aykroyd of course became one of Belushi’s main comedy partners, working with him on Saturday Night Live and making the likes of Blues Brother together. Dan is also one of the executive producers, so it really should be an insider view.
Hirsch actually made the announcement at a Sundance party, telling the attendees, “A shout-out to Miles Teller! We’re going to be working together soon. He’s playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie.” However Teller hasn’t yet signed on the dotted line.