According to the Hollywood rumor mill, actor/screenwriter Ben Affleck has been cast to star as The Undertaker in World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship pay-per-view, WrestleMania, next spring.
Although Affleck has not yet spoken publicly about the rumors, the actor was spotted today at WWE headquarters in Stamford, CT, being fitted for a long black trenchcoat and wide-brimmed hat.
Affleck’s agent would “neither confirm nor deny” reports that Affleck has been spending a lot of time in darkened cemeteries to prepare for the iconic role.
Many die-hard fans are aghast by the news that Affleck may soon portray The Deadman — a role that has been personified for the past two decades by Mark Calaway.
“Ben Affleck will be the worst Undertaker ever,” tweeted one fan who calls himself @Deadman4Lyfe. “Even worse than the fake Undertaker that ‘Taker wrestled at SummerSlam 1994.”
Calaway has reportedly stepped down from the role he made famous, saying that he just wants to rest in peace.
According to some rumors, Jonah Hill has been cast to portray Paul Bearer (which indicates that the WrestleMania 30 match will be a prequel).