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Jeremy Allen White is set to star in a new A24 wrestling biopic

The Iron Claw

If you, like every other person who watched The Bear recently, have the horn for Jeremy Allen White, you'll be glad to know his on-screen presence didn't end with his dirtbag chef role. The Shameless actor has just signed on to play the role of Kerry Von Erich in The Iron Claw, an upcoming A24 movie about the American wrestling family dynasty.

We're not in the business of pretending we know really anything about the sport, but what we do know, is that some very tiny shorts were worn during Von Erich's time in the ring, and we can only hope the same for Allen White, respectfully. Other things we do know include: three generations of Von Erichs were wrestling champions, and in 2009 they made it into the WWE Hall of Fame, but due to the family's history of a very bad spin of luck, were subjects of rumours that they were the victims of a curse. Also Lily James will be joining Zac Efron and Harris Dickinson as other members of the Von Erich family. What else do we know? All of the intel we have on The Iron Claw, below.

 

The plot of The Iron Claw

The Iron Claw is, as mentioned, based on the true account of the Von Erich family. Fritz Von Erich, the patriarch of the family, was famous in the professional wrestling world for playing a villain or 'heel' character. He died at age 68 in 1997, after five out of his six sons had also died in a series of very unfortunate events, leading people to believe he and his family were the victims of a pretty rough curse. The biopic has been described as a “family portrait, about a wrestling family who revolutionised the sport and then suffered tragedy.” according to writer and director, Sean Durkin.

Who will star in The Iron Claw?

Allen White will play Kerry Von Erich, while Efron will assume the role of Kevin Von Erich, and Dickinson as David Von Erich. James' role has not yet been confirmed, as she is the latest talent to join the cast. Alongside them, Holt McCallany is slated to play Fritz Von Erich and Maura Tierney will play his wife, Doris. Cazzey Louis Cereghino, Jim Gleason, Kevin Anton, and Jullian Dulce Vida will all reportedly accompany them in the film.

What is the release date of The Iron Claw?

As it's early days with cast members still being firmed up, there has been no release date thus far. All we can do is hope and pray to see Allen White in those little shorties (respectfully) sometime in 2023. Stay tuned for updates.

 

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