Zac Efron is ready for the roar of the ring with the haunting true-life story of the Von Erichs, one of professional wrestling’s greatest-ever family dynasties who lit the scene on fire in the 1980s with their larger-than-life presence, and the haunting tragedy that followed them. And now their story will be told in the hard-hitting drama The Iron Claw.
Watch the first teaser trailer for The Iron Claw below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
The Iron Claw centres around the Von Erich family, a dynasty of wrestlers from the 1960s onwards that had enormous success, and popularized the iron claw professional wrestling hold. However, they not only had to battle inside the ring, but fight the “Von Erich curse” outside of it.
Director Sean Durkin takes audiences back to the peak of the 1980s wrestling scene and the rise of the Von Erichs, Kevin (Zac Efron), Kerry (Jeremy Allen White), David (Harris Dickinson) and Mike (Stanley Simons), sons to the legendary Fritz Von Erich, and all who seek glory in the ring. Through trial and tribulation, these men forge themselves into living gods and take the wrestling world by storm. Bonded by family and life, they seem invincible. Until they aren’t, the pain, trauma and tragedy of their chosen profession become all too real, and they are soon overwhelmed by a catastrophe that none of them can stop.
Efron, White and Dickinson give their all in this picture, and each of them has undertaken one hell of a physical transformation. Efron and White have especially packed on some solid muscle, with Efron looking absolutely jacked and White gaining 40 pounds of muscle to bring the force and presence that Kerry Von Erich took to the ring. All the actors throw themselves into the ring, and there are some particularly gnarly set pieces that will make the screen shake.
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But alongside the bravado and hype of this family’s larger-than-life story comes the heavy-hitting drama and the ultimate tragedy that scarred their lives, and the family dynamics of The Iron Claw is where the picture will hit the hardest. The trailer makes for a heavy-hitting watch, and The Iron Claw is a picture audiences will really get behind when it arrives in cinemas on January 18, 2024.
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