A biopic about Steve Irwin’s life could be in the works (Picture: Rex)
Crikey, it seems like a biopic about the one and only Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, could finally be in the works.
Fifteen years after his death, it is being reported that the untitled project is ‘gaining momentum’ in Hollywood and is being shown interest by major studios and A-list actors.
Steve died in September 2006 at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a wildlife documentary in Queensland.
There was an outpouring of grief when his death was announced as the loveable larrikin had gained a loyal following internationally.
Australian magazine Woman’s Day spoke to Hollywood insiders who said movie executives are drawn to the biopic because of Steve’s popularity in America. It was there where he was known for his long-running Animal Planet TV series and late-night chat show appearances.
Terri, Steve’s widow, and his daughter Bindi are said to be involved in discussions about the biopic.
There was an outpouring of grief when Steve died (Picture: WireImage)
‘There’s no way this project can go ahead without Terri and Bindi involved every step of the way,’ a source told Woman’s Day.
‘Steve’s international appeal, particularly to Americans, can’t be ignored and this isn’t the first time a project like this has been presented to them.
‘This time, however, any script that can be filmed Down Under is automatically top of the pile right now – and Hollywood bosses love Steve’s life story. He was saving lizards when he was six! And while his story may have ended too soon, there’s a real sense of closure now with how Bindi and Bob have taken up his legacy.’
Russell Crowe is reportedly being considered, even though he is 10 years older than Steve was at his death (Picture: WireImage)
Chris Hemsworth is also being considered to play Steve (Picture: AAP/PA Images)
This begs the question: who would be cast for the important role?
Steve played a large part in the conservation of endangered animals and his legacy lives on years later, so whoever steps into those big boots has a lot to look out for.
According to 7News, both Chris Hemsworth and Russell Crowe have been put forward as potential candidates.
However, as the rumoured plot is meant to follow Steve’s life as a zookeeper’s son growing up in Queensland in the 1970s to then achieving global fame as the larger-than-life Crocodile Hunter, they both could be too old for the role.
It appears Terri would like to see former Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis cast as Steve.
If his name sounds familiar outside of playing Geoff Campbell on the long-running soap, he was also in Tomorrow, When the War Began, Spin Out and Aquamarine.
Lincoln responded to the rumours on Twitter saying he would be honoured to play the Australian legend.
‘Steve has always been a massive hero of mine & I’ve always said if I’m ever lucky enough to portray someone, the dream would be the great Steve Irwin!’ he said.
‘Fingers crossed I’ll get an audition.’
It is being reported the end of the biopic will feature real footage of the family as they are now, which would be a beautiful and emotional touch.
Credit: Original article published here.