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Finally! The Ed Harris-Randy Orton Movie is a Reality!

Will we now have to start taking the WWE seriously? As an entertainment option, I think we already do: Monday Night Raw is one of the consistent ratings drivers on cable, and the crossover appeal of some of its stars is hard to ignore. But now the WWE movie brand is stepping up its game, too.

After a few quick hits thanks to Dwayne Johnson, it looked like Vince McMahon's company would settle into a comfortable direct-to-video niche for some of its in-ring stars, like John Cena (the first Marine) and Ted DiBiase, Jr. (the most recent Marine). But with its most recent project and the one just announced by Variety, fake wrestling is starting to look more and more legit.

The studio is coming off a movie that features Cena, The Big Show...and Danny Glover and Patricia Clarkson. You read right. Now read this: The wrestling outfit's Randy Orton will co-star in Big Red with Amy Madigan and her husband, four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris. I think I need to sit down.

The film is described as a family drama set in the 1960s, with Harris playing a middle school teacher who pairs the school's biggest outcast - Stanley aka Big Redd - with its brightest student, Andy.

"When Andy watches Stanley fearlessly confront a school bully, a series of events is unleashed that changes the lives of the boys and their teacher," writes Variety. Orton would play the father of the bully, who angles to get Harris fired. Short of that, he'll just hit him with a chair.

You guessed right: This is not the usual blow 'em up that McMahon and company usually release, and the hiring of Ed Harris is certainly a pleasant surprise. With nine movies on the WWE's slate in the next two-plus years, who knows what this kind of thing could lead to. As long as it's not another Hulk Hogan/nanny movie, they might be on the right track.

Reader Comments (7)

I wonder if sometimes these really famous actors find out what their kids/grandkids really like, and then star in a film for them. That's the only possibility that makes sense to me.

I guess if I was a famous actor, and my daughter really liked my little pony or something, i would be in a my little pony movie.

Saturday, February 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternick soapdish

Vince McMahon will do anything and everything to make money.If he could make money off his dead grandmother he would.Week after week he has his wrestlers tale career and life threatening moves that could easily kill or injure themselves.I mean wasn't Owen Hart enough? But as long as the blood thirsty crowds fill the arenas each week and demand to see the wrestlers put their bodies on the line,Vince McMahon will continue to abuse and destroy young men"s bodies simply for Mr McMahon,s glory and his over priced massive ego.

Saturday, February 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Dean

Wait a minute. Dude Owen hart death was just accident. Wrestlers are Stunt man. they know how to fall and so on. its their life style. Vince knows about if they get injured. Vince Mcmahon is a Business man. You don't understand. your one of those people that want to ***** about everything. If Vince only cares about him self. Why is he trying to get his stars in Hollywood. He could have sign real actors to play all those roles. Get your facts down first. oh yeah Back to Owen Hart. Vince payed for everything when Owen died. Vince didn't pull the release button to make Owen Fall .. Owen Did. ... And dude you don't know what your talking about. Wrestlers know the risk when they are in the ring. Wrestling is just like Dancing with high packed moves. hey lets banned Football. the football player broke his Ankle. or Lets Banned fishing because the guy was eaten by a Shark. Dude you could walk out of your house and get hit by a car. lets banned cars. Owen Hart died on May 23 1999. its been over 10 years. Last year was the first time in 10 years a wrestler died in the ring but it was over in Japan. It's been 11 years since a wrestler hasn't died in the ring in the US. Vince is putting Jobs out there for people that need it. and your Bashing him..

Sunday, February 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rave

"The studio is coming off a movie that features Cena, The Big Show...and Danny Glover and Patricia Clarkson....."
No, there were actually two other films WWE Studios just finished--not one.
John Cena, Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover recently completed the film "Legendary," a family drama set in the high school wrestling world. It's slated for release this September.
A second film, a comedy called "Knucklehead" with Paul "Big Show" Wight starring along with Mark Feuerstein, Melora Hardin, Wendy Malick, Dennis Farina, Will Patton, etc. was completed last year for release this November. "Big Red" is their third film in production in their new slate and starts shooting today.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermurph


Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarlee Orton


Saturday, April 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRKO 4EVER

David Dean, you might like to research something before spouting off about it. As an observer of the wrestling business for 4 decades now, there is a lot that goes into it, and not just as you say "put their bodies on the line for greed". Wrestlers always have great respect for those who can work throughout their career without accidentally injuring anyone. Bret Hart was as good as there was at working matches without hurting the other wrestler(s). You might want to watch Tough Enough to see what goes into becoming a wrestler. It's a way of life for them, and they love it.
Do they get hurt a lot? Yes. So do stunt doubles. Do you think stunt doubles are abused too?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWrestling Oracle

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