Hank Aaron never blew up a light tower with one of his home runs, but that doesn't preclude him from the Hollywood treatment. Variety reports that Aaron's life story will get turned into a movie by Barry Levinson, the man famous for bringing Roy Hobbs and "The Natural" to the big screen.
Based on the book "The Last Hero: The Life Story of Henry Aaron" by Howard Bryant, the new film will focus on Aaron's career between 1972 and 1974 -- the years he was chasing Babe Ruth's home run record. That time period was a tough one for the Atlanta Braves star, as he received numerous death threats about supplanting Ruth as baseball's home run king.
Aaron ended the 1973 season one home run short of Ruth, and wouldn't break the record until 1974. He finished his career with 755 home runs and held the record for over 30 years, before being passed by Barry Bonds in 2007.
No word yet on who will play Aaron in the biopic.
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