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Published on Oct 1, 2018
Bigger, the long-awaited story of visionary brothers Joe and Ben Weider, will be released in 2018. Besides discovering Arnold Schwarzenegger and bringing him to the United States, Joe and Ben Weider became the fathers of fitness and bodybuilding, sports that today have become a way of life. This new biopic tells their life-story and how this family of Polish immigrants struggled against anti-Semitism and surmounted extreme poverty after the Great Depression to challenge all expectations and build an empire which has inspired three generations of fitness and bodybuilding lovers. With their legacy Weider has become a synonym of health and fitness all over the world.
When George Gallo first set out to make his film Bigger about the over-the-top lives of Joe and Ben Weider, the founders of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest, the entertainment industry predicted one tough casting: Who the hell could ever play a young Arnold Schwarzenegger? See, as Deadline explained, the Weider brothers discovered a young Schwarzenegger and helped the body-building giant move to the United States. He went on to hold seven Mr. Olympia titles and become one of the most venerable action heroes in history. Luckily for bodybuilding and fitness fans everywhere, it appears Gallo has finally found the perfect actor to portray a young Schwarzenegger in Mr. Universe 2014 winner Calum Von Moger.
Sure, Von Moger, who hails from Australia, doesn’t appear to have acting credits to his name, but he more than makes up for that fact with his uncanny resemblance to a 20-something Schwarzenegger. At the very least, his biceps appear to be roughly the same circumference as the Terminator-turned-governor’s.
Von Moger joins an already stacked young Hollywood cast for the film, including Tyler Hoechlin, who portrays Joe Weider, and Aneurin Barnard, who plays his brother Ben Weider. Julianne Hough from Dancing With the Stars is also signed on to play Joe’s famed fitness wife Betty, next to singer and Disney star Victoria Justice, who will play Joe’s first wife.