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Emile Hirsch To Play Late Comedian John Belushi

Victor Smith Victor Smith
10/28/2013 11:11pm EDT

Emile Hirsch

"The Girl Next Door" star Emile Hirsch is set to play late comedian John Belushi in a new biopic.

The actor beat out Joaquin Phoenix and Adam DeVine to land the role; and Belushi's Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd and his widow Judy, who is co-producing the film, have backed the casting.

TV character actor Nelson Franklin is rumored to be the frontrunner to play Ackroyd in the as-yet-untitled film.

Belushi died of a cocaine and heroin overdose in 1982. He was 33.

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