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Emile Hirsch to star in John Belushi biopicChris Pizzello/Invision/AP


If the toga fits, wear it.

Emile Hirsch has signed on to play beloved John Belushi in an upcoming biopic that will reportedly focus on the apex of the comic actor's career. He beat out Adam DeVine of "Workaholics" and "Pitch Perfect" fame, which is too bad because think of all the a capella puns we're missing out on.

This project has been in the works for years, with "The Hangover" wrangler Todd Phillips attached to direct. Now that "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" writer Steve Conrad is taking over directorial duties, we will hopefully be spared any scenes with the Sandwich Samurai beheading giraffes.

Nelson Franklin, who had an enjoyable stint as an amiable boyfriend on "The New Girl," is in the running to play Belushi's buddy and fellow Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd. Speaking of Aykroyd, he's also on board as an executive producer. With Belushi's widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, also serving as a producer, this will be one biopic that hopefully does service to a comedic legend, which the critically panned 1989 movie "Wired" did not. We wouldn't know, since it's only available on VHS and we don't own a VHS player. You could try watching it on YouTube, although reading about it would make anyone think twice about actually watching it.

[via Vulture]

Emile Hirsch Will Play John Belushi In New Film