A movie ‘Bigger’ about the brothers who pioneered the sport of bodybuilding and discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to begin filming in Birmingham, October 2017.
The “Bigger,” is co-written and directed by George Gallo. He previously wrote the screenplay for the Robert De Niro-Charles Grodin action-comedy movie “Midnight Run” and wrote and directed the internet crime saga “Middle Men,” the film industry website Deadline Hollywood reported.
“Bigger” is based on the life story of how the brothers, Joe Weider and Ben Weider, successfully battled against racism, overcame poverty and anti-Semitism to champion the sport of bodybuilding.
Deadline Hollywood quoted George Gallo:
“It’s beyond inspirational and will resonate with not only the massive crowd of those who have found the balance of body and mind as essential for a healthy life but also the throngs of people that were inspired by Joe and his Mr. Olympia events.”
They were the founders of the Olympia competitions and IFBB federation. The story started when they started a magazine called Your Physique in 1940.
Producer Steve Lee Jones said:
“The Bigger movie is a Powerful example of what hard work and extreme focus can achieve today. These brothers literally changed the world.”
As bodybuilding enthusiast, we’re very excited for the movie Bigger. The beginning of the IFBB and bodybuilding is something that has never really been touched on by mainstream media or Hollywood. Its a rags to riches story of epic proportions.
The latest cast updates:
2015 Mr. Universe Calum von Moger is reportedly playing a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie, according to the IMDB website.
Calum aka Schwarzenegger2.0 seems the perfect fit to play a younger version of the Austrian Oak.
Tyler Hoechlin lined up to play a young Joe Weider. He is best known for his role in Teen Wolf and Supergirl.
Actress-singer Justice who has made her mark in in Fox’s Horror Show, Nickelodeon’s Victorious and Blumhouse/MTV’s Eye Candy, will portray Kathy, Joe Weider’s (Tyler Hoechlin) first wife.
Colton Haynes will play the role of iconic fitness guru Jack LaLanne, who during the 1950s and ’60s was known for his incredible feats of strength, like swimming to Alcatraz handcuffed and doing 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes.
Bigger (2018) – IMDB:
The inspirational tale of the grandfathers of the fitness movement as we now know it, Joe & Ben Weider. Battling anti-Semitism/racism as well as extreme poverty the brothers beat all odds to build an empire & inspire future generations.
Cast & Crew:
Director: George Gallo
Writers: Brad Furman, George Gallo
Colton Haynes: Jack Lalanne
Tyler Hoechlin: Joe Weider
Julianne Hough: Betty Weider
Kevin Durand: Bill Hauk
Calum Von Moger: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Victoria Justice: Kathy Weider
DJ Qualls: Michael Steere
Aneurin Barnard: Ben Weider
Max Martini: Jerry George
Robert Forster: Joe 2008
Tom Arnold: Roy Hawkins
Bigger is being produced by Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions and Scott LaStaiti. Eric Weider of Weider Health is executive producing with Camila Castro, of Bee Holder.
Fingers crossed, Bigger is a movie that is going to be a must watch for anyone who follows the sport of bodybuilding.