X-Men Origins: The Wolverine and Scream star Liev Schreiber will NOT be playing the late controversial wrestler Chris Benoit – who murdered his wife and young son back in 2007, then committed suicide – in a big screen biopic. News emerged yesterday at MoviePilot.com that Schreiber was set to lead the “biographical thriller’ but representatives for the actor have told TMZ that it’s not true and he won’t be involved in the production.
Titled Crossface, the movie is based on Matthew Randazzo’s book ‘Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry’, one of many books that were hot shotted onto the market following the tragic events surrounding the Benoit family murders. In his book Randozzo pushes the idea that Benoit’s actions were a result of years of abuse to his brain during his career, a theory that is disputed by even Benoit’s former sister in law Sandra Toffoloni which you can read about here.
Former Weinstein Company staffer Sarah Coulter has wrote the screenplay that is setup at SRG Film and is not endorsed by WWE, though that hasn’t stopped her including the likes of Triple H, Eddie Guerrero and Vince McMahon as characters.
Despite baring more than a passing resemblance to the former WCW and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Schreiber and his representatives have been quick to dismiss the casting story which leaves a question mark over who exactly will play Benoit in the movie that has been in development since 2011?
With the truth surrounding the Benoit family murder/suicide still very much up in the air in terms of motive and cause Crossface can only be a speculative account of the final days of Benoit’s life. As a result the debate remains whether such a film should be made at all or whether it is merely exploiting a very serious, very heartbreaking tragedy.
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This article was first posted on July 12, 2013