Emile Hirsch Scores Lead in John Belushi Biopic

Posted Tuesday October 29, 2013 1:05 PM GMT

He’s extremely selective about the jobs that he takes, and it seems Steve Conrad’s untitled biopic about John Belushi has caught the attention of Emile Hirsch.

The “Speed Racer” stud has been cast in the lead role and will report for duty when the project begins filming in New York City this spring.

Conrad is also serving as the writer of the film, as he adapted the script from John’s widow Judy Belushi Pisano’s biography “Belushi,” published in 2005.

Executive produced by Dan Akroyd, the flick will focus on John Belushi’s career highlights like “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers,” and “Saturday Night Live.” He passed away in 1982 after overdosing on heroin and cocaine at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

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