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‘Hercules’ Film Moves Forward, Casts Male Lead

Johnson in ‘The Scorpion King’

In what’s been a long-running development process, a film adaptation of the Radical Entertainment comic book “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” has finally started moving forward and cast its male lead.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson officially signed on to play the Greek God in a film being produced by Paramount and MGM, and directed by Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”). The story is a darker version of Hercules than most are used to, as he turns his back on the gods and finds similar souls in Thrace who enjoy his love of battle.

The book’s summary is as follows:

When the Thracian King summons the Greek hero and his six battle-worn companions to mold the Thracian army into a bloodthirsty, ruthless killing machine, the Son of Zeus rushes to answer the call of war and gold. But within the nation of Thrace lies an epic tale of war, murder, deception, and sacrifice that shows Hercules how far from grace he’s fallen — and what he must do to earn redemption.

The last film based on Hercules was Disney’s animated feature back in 1997. The most famous portrayal of the Greek mythological hero is the one played by Steve Reeves during the 1950s.

Johnson, a former wrestler, has found much success in Hollywood, starring in “The Scorpion King” and the “Fast and Furious” series. “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” is expected to hit theaters in 2014.

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