Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” has finally gone into production. The film began shooting in Hungary, with Dwayne Johnson playing the lead in the epic drama based on the novel, Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
Johnson posted a black & white photo to his Twitter account today, saying, “3 hr daily process w/ multi-time Academy Award nominated hair & make up artists. Love the transformation..
It was recently announced that supermodel Irina Shayk will take on the role of Megara. Shayk, who visited Greece in April, will be making her big screen debut. The cast also features Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie, and Reece Ritchie. Evan Spiliotopoulos and Ryan Condal wrote the screenplay.
The official synopsis for the MGM/Paramount production:
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend…
Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail…he must again become the hero he once was…he must embrace his own myth…he must be Hercules.
“Hercules” is scheduled to hit theaters July 25, 2014.