A major name in pro wrestling history will be featured in The Iron Claw, A24’s upcoming feature film based on the story of the Von Erich family. The cast will be led by Zac Efron as Kevin Von Erich, the only one of five wrestling siblings who didn’t die tragically at a young age. Now, Deadline reports that the master of the figure four leglock, Ric Flair, will also appear in the film as played by The Deuce star Aaron Dean Eisenberg.
Per the report, Flair’s appearance is expected to be that of a cameo, but it’s appropriate for him to have a presence in The Iron Claw. In reality, Flair had history with the Von Erichs which includes when he famously wrestled Kerry Von Erich for the NWA Championship Belt in 1984. Flair lost the title to Von Erich, though he’d regain it weeks later. Widely considered to be among pro wrestling’s greatest performers of all time, Flair has been in the business for five decades, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his debut match in September.
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Other confirmed cast members include Harris Dickinson (Triangle of Sadness, Where the Crawdads Sing) as David Von Erich and Jeremy Allen White (Shameless, The Bear) as Kerry Von Erich, aka the Texas Tornado. AEW’s World Champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman (aka MJF), has also been cast for a role that’s rumored to be Lance Von Erich, a former pro wrestler who was billed as a member of the family but was not actually related to them. Holt McCallany also stars as Fritz Von Erich, the family’s patriarch, with Maura Tierney and Lily James also starring.
Sean Durkin (The Nest) is the writer and director of The Iron Claw. The A24 film is produced by Tessa Ross, Juliette Howell, and Angus Lamont for House productions alongside Len Blavatnik and Danny Cohen for Access Entertainment.
The Iron Claw Delves Into the Tragic Tale of the Von Erichs
The story of the Von Erich family was previously covered in the Dark Side of the Ring episode “The Last of the Von Erichs.” With some believing that the family was “cursed,” five of Fritz Von Erich’s six children died tragically, leading Kevin Von Erich to remain as the only one that’s left. The eldest child died as a six-year-old due to a freak accident, while another died from an illness and another three of the siblings died by suicide. In the Dark Side of the Ring episode, pro wrestling personality Jim Cornette quoted Kevin as once telling him, “Once I had five brothers, now I’m not even a brother.”
The Iron Claw doesn’t yet have a release date set by A24.