John Belushi Biopic Will Star Broadway ‘Beetlejuice’ Alex Brightman

/Film | 12/11/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Alex Brightman, who is currently starring as the Ghost with the Most in the Broadway production of Beetlejuice, is set to lead a John Belushi biopic. Brightman will play the legendary comedian famous for Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers and more, with David Frankel directing. A new Belushi biopic has been in the works for several years, with numerous actors up for the part, including Emile Hirsch, Adam Devine, Joaquin Phoenix.

Collider broke the news about Alex Brightman starring in a John Belushi biopic. David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) is directing a script from Steven Conrad, writer of The Pursuit of Happyness, Wonder, and more. Conrad’s script has gone through multiple hands over the years, with Joker director Todd Phillips set to direct at one point when the film had a much bigger budget. In 2013, it was announced that the biopic would be scaled down to an indie film, and Conrad would direct himself. Now, Frankel is in the director’s chair.

Addition - Brightman - Collider - Annaleigh - Ashford

In addition to Brightman, Collider says Annaleigh Ashford is being considered to play Belushi’s wife Judy, and John Mulaney could play Belushi’s pal and fellow comedian Dan Aykroyd. This news made me do a double-take – Mulaney is one of the funniest people around right now, but I can’t exactly picture him as Aykroyd.

Belushi was a comedy giant, rising to fame thanks to his work with The Second City, National Lampoon, and Saturday Night Live. Belushi also had his demons, and struggled with drug addiction. He died from...
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