Julianne Hough to Play Fitness Pioneer Betty Weider in Bigger

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Dancing with the Stars' Julianne Hough has been cast in George Gallo's Bigger

Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough has been cast in George Gallo’s Bigger

Julianne Hough (Dancing with the StarsGrease Live!) has been cast as fitness pioneer Betty Weider in the upcoming film Bigger, according to Deadline. The film will be directed by George Gallo (Bad BoysMidnight Run) and the script he wrote with Andy Weiss from an original script written by Brad and Ellen Furman. Bigger stars Tyler Hoechlin (Everybody Wants Some!), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk) and Kevin Durand (The Strain). Shooting for Bigger starts next month.

Bigger is a biopic of Ben and Joe Weider, the sibling pair who created the Mr. Olympia competition and changed the face of professional bodybuilding. The film will be based in part on Brothers of Iron, the siblings’ 2006 memoir, officially described as follows:

In the depths of the Great Depression a scrawny, dirt-poor Jewish kid with a seventh-grade education picked up a barbell and got hooked on weight training. Building his muscles gave him confidence and hope for a better life. He pledged to make the great, transforming power of strength training available to everyone and to give bodybuilding all the glory it deserved. The kid, Joe Weider, enlisted his younger brother Ben in his quest, and together the Weider brothers accomplished things much bigger than Joe’s boyhood dreams. The little muscle magazine Joe started, working at his family’s dining room table, grew into a publishing empire. From a backyard barbell business, Joe and Ben built equipment and food supplement companies each as big as Weider Publishing. And they transformed bodybuilding into a hugely successful sport, organized under one of the largest and best-run athletic federations in the world.

What do you guys think of the casting of Julianne Hough as Betty Weider in Bigger? Are you interested in the film? Let us know in the comments.