‘Spectacular Now’ Star Miles Teller to Play Dan Aykroyd in John Belushi Biopic

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After receiving widespread praise for his portrayal of a drummer chasing his dreams in the Sundance opener Whiplash, Miles Teller is back in the Hollywood headlines this morning with new casting news.

According to Emile Hirsch (via THR), Miles Teller has been tapped to portray comedy icon Dan Aykroyd opposite Hirsch in the upcoming John Belushi biopic. His exact words, which were spoken during a Sundance party in Utah, were:

“A shout out to Miles Teller! We’re going to be working together soon. He’s playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie.”

This is exciting news for anyone who has been following Teller’s career in recent years, but there are several sites reporting that the deal is not as ‘sealed’ as Hirsch leads us to believe. It seems there is a chance Teller has only been offered the role, but even if that is the case Hirsch’s comments give us hope talks are far along. It also tells us Hirsch wants Teller for the part, which certainly won’t hurt the hype and career momentum Teller has been building over the last year.

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Teller will next appear opposite Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan in the sex comedy That Awkward Moment, which opens at the end of January. You can view the latest trailer for the film below.

We have been big fans of Teller since he first caught our eye in the criminally underrated remake of Footloose. He proved himself as a leading man in The Spectacular Now, and later this year will see his biggest roll hit screens when the adaptation of Divergent rolls out in the spring.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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