Aquaman’s Black Manta Wants To Join The Hulk Hogan Biopic

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta

If there's one film genre that has proven itself consistently successful over the years, its biopics. Seeing real-life figures' life adapted to the screen can educate and entertain, and have brought some of the most critically acclaimed movie project in recent memory. Bohemian Rhapsody has had a great Awards Season, while the Elton John biopic Rocketman just released its first full trailer, highlighting the musicians's iconic catalogue. And yesterday it was announced that a Hulk Hogan biopic is being developed, with Thor actor Chris Hemsworth attached to play the wrestling icon.

The internet basically broke with this news, as Chris Hemsworth's casting as Hulk Hogan seemed like a stroke of brilliance by Joker director Todd Phillips. Aside from fans, other actors have voiced their excitement about this project, like Hemsworth's fellow Avenger Chris Evans. Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also took to Twitter, revealing his willingness to join the cast as WWE legend Booker T. Check out his post below.

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And just like that, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has thrown his name into the universe to possibly join Todd Phillips' Hulk Hogan biopic. The upcoming movie will reportedly cover a large period of Hogan's life, so it's certainly possible that Booker T could end up being a character. Especially depending on how much of TV personality's controversies are covered in the project.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's tweet is the latest example of actors campaigning for movie roles. In addition to actually auditioning and getting their agent involved, showing interest on social media is a great way to get fans excited, and hopefully get the message to the powers that be. And since Abdul-Mateen is currently surfing on the massive success of James Wan's Aquaman and his badass role as Black Manta, it's a perfect time to strike while the iron is hot.

The untitled Hulk Hogan biopic is being directed by Todd Phillips, with writer Scott Silver writing the upcoming project. Silver and Phillips just collaborated on Joker for Warner Bros., so it's clear that they've got a good working relationship. Silver's other notable writing credits include 8 Mile and The Fighter, so he's had a mixture of ultra-realistic projects, and out of this world movies under his belt. Considering how Hogan is a mixture of both of those things, he's a great choice to bring Hollywood Hogan's story to the silver screen.

Hulk Hogan is serving as an executive producer and creative consult for the developing biopic, so it seems unlikely that the upcoming project will focus much on the wrestler/TV personality's recent controversies. This includes his sex tape scandal with Gawker, as well as Hogan's utterance of the N-Word that ultimately cost him his wrestling contract back in 2015. Still, there's significant hype around the movie, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's possible involvement would no doubt get fans even more hyped.

CinemaBlend will keep you updated on the Hulk Hogan biopoc as more details become public. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.