Zac Efron signed with A24 to star in the lead in The Iron Claw. a wrestling drama written and directed by Sean Durkin (Martha’s Escape). The film will tell the true story of the rise and fall of the Von Erich family, “a dynasty of wrestlers that has had a huge impact on sport from the 1960s to the present day.”
Sean Durkin is a Canadian director and producer active in independent cinema. He won the Dramatic Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for Martha’s escape (2011). His short film, Mary Last Seenon the same theme as Martha, won the award for best short film at the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, Durkin directed the drama series for Channel 4 Southcliffe, with Sean Harris and Rory Kinnear. His second feature film The Nest – The deception was released in 2020. Durkin recently directed the first three episodes of the tv series Dead Ringers starring Rachel Weisz in the double role of the Mantle twins, a female version of the twins Beverly and Elliot Mantle played by Jeremy Irons in the disturbing thriller Inseparable (1988) by David Cronenberg. The Mantle twins share it all: drugs, lovers, and an unrepentant desire to do whatever it takes, including pushing boundaries and medical ethics in an effort to challenge antiquated practices and bring women’s health care to the fore.
Zac Efron recently appeared on the remake flop Firestarterhas four other projects in the pipeline: the TV series Killing Zac Efron which will show the actor who ventures “into the depths of the jungle of a remote and dangerous island to engrave his name in the history of the expeditions”; an untitled romantic comedy for Netflix starring Nicole Kidman and Joey King, which follows a startling romance that sets off comic aftermath for a young woman, her mother and a movie star as they deal with the complications of love, del gender and identity. Efron will also star in the remake of Three bachelors and a baby for Disney Plus and the war drama The Greatest Beer Run Ever already completed and ready for release. It is the story of a man who leaves New York in 1967 to bring beer to his childhood comrades in the army while they are fighting in Vietnam.
The history of the Von Erich family
The Von Erich family is an American professional wrestling family. Originally from Texas, their real surname is Adkisson, but every member who has been in the wrestling world has used the ring name “Von Erich”, named after the family patriarch, Fritz Von Erich (Jack Adkisson). Jack took on the name as part of his he wrestling gimmick, i.e. in the ring character as he originally played an evil German Nazi (Heel in wrestling terminology), hence using a German sounding name. When Fritz died of cancer at his Denton County home in 1997 at the age of 68, five of his six children had preceded him. His eldest son, Jack Jr., was accidentally shot and drowned in a puddle at the age of 6 in 1959, outside his home in Niagara Falls. In 1984, David Von Erich died in a Tokyo hotel of enteritis at the age of 25. Mike, Chris and Kerry all committed suicide; Mike overdosed on Placidil near Lake Lewisville in 1987 at the age of 23, Chris shot himself in the head with a 9mm pistol in 1991 at the age of 21, and Kerry shot himself in the chest in the backyard of family in 1993 to 33 years. Kevin Von Erich is the last surviving child. These deaths are the main basis for a widespread myth about a curse that would plague the family. The term “Von Erich curse” is also used colloquially to refer to the chain of events. The origin or purpose of the curse is not generally agreed upon and rarely discussed. More often than not, the story is presented as a cautionary tale about parental influence, sibling rivalry, and various dangers of the professional wrestling business. Kevin’s sons Marshall and Ross began wrestling in 2012 and Kerry’s daughter Lacey struggled from 2007 until her retirement in 2010.