Legendary tough guy Steve McQueen is getting the biopic treatment. According to Variety, film producers Christine Peters and Michael Cerenzie have obtained the rights to the biography, Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel.  The book was written by Marshall Terrill, and chronicles the actors career as he rose to become one of Hollywood’s go to leading men.

More on McQueen after the jump.

Terrence Steven McQueen was born in Indiana, and had no formal education, or acting training. Throughout the 1960′s he became one of Hollywood’s most profitable actors with films such as The Magnificent Seven,The Great Escape and The Thomas Crown Affair. The actor got his first big break in 1956′s Somebody Up There Likes Me, which was a star vehicle for Paul Newman, whom McQueen would work with again in 1974′s The Towering Inferno.

Besides his career, the film will focus on the actors three marriages, including his short lived stint with actress Ali MacGraw, as well as, his love of car and motorcycle racing. McQueen’s life was cut short in 1980, at the age of 50 when he succumbed to lung cancer. Ever since his death, McQueen has been listed as one of the few actors who stand beside Paul Newman, James Dean, and Marlon Brando as the true “epitome of cool.”