Andre "The Giant" Movie Announced
A biopic of famed wrestler Andre’ ”The Giant” Roussimoff has been announced.
Based on the 2015 graphic novel biography, “Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven”, written by Brandon Easton and illustrated by Denis Medri, the film is spearheaded by Lion Forge Comics and producers Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell. The larger-than-life entertainer’s daughter Robin Christensen Roussimoff has agreed to take part and is consulting on the film.
The story recounts the Frenchman’s journey from young farm boy to one of the world’s most famous wrestlers, chronicling the problems he faced growing up with the painful condition of “gigantism” caused by the disease, “Acromegaly.” It was the same disease that created the “Eighth Wonder of the World” which also led to his death in a Paris hotel room in 1993.
As a wrestler, Roussimoff was famous for going undefeated in 15 years on the WWF wrestling circuit, until his grudge match with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III in 1987, when the Hulkamaniac body slammed the 520lb gargantuan. He is also known by millions for his portrayal of Fezzik in the quintessential couple cult classic “The Princess Bride”. He also had bit parts in numerous movies and TV shows, ranging from Big Foot in “The Six Million Dollar Man” to “Conan the Destroyer.”
No names have officially been attached as yet, but perhaps the most intriguing and potentially ideal casting, is Canadian actor Robert Maillet. Maillet stands an imposing 6’11, just inches shy of the real Andre’ and has portrayed some substantially sized roles in Sherlock Holmes and The Strain. Add in that he can speak French and was actually a pro-wrestler at one time, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch. Now can he bring the same warmth and muted charisma that made Andre’ so loveable? We’ll have to wait and see, but we’re excited to see this icon’s life brought to the big screen.