Emile Hirsch (Speedracer, The Girl Next Door) is set to play late comic/actor John Belushi in a movie written and directed by Steve Conrad.

John rose to fame as an original cast member on Saturday Night Live, and went on to start in movies like Animal House and The Blues Brothers, before dying from a drug overdose at the age of 33.

Close friend Dan Aykroyd, who also starred with John in The Blues Brothers, will executive produce. The screenplay was written based on the book, Belushi by Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.