Roughly two weeks ago we heard that Dwayne Johnson was in talks to play Hercules for Brett Ratner (Tower Heist) in a film based on the comic books by Radical Publishing. Now Variety has confirmed that Johnson has officially signed on for the role, and filming will begin later this year in New Zealand.
There are two comics in the series, The Thracian Wars and The Knives of Kush, and a description of the first one can be read below:
Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules, powerful son of the god king Zeus, received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and the presence of death. These men and woman never question where, why, or whom they go to fight; only how much they will be paid. Knowing this, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. Hercules begins to question King Cotys’ motives when he takes his army out to battle and sees them practice on innocent men, women, and children of their neighbors. Deep in his soul something stirs, but is it enough to stop a mad king and his army of the damned from marching across Greece – or even Olympus itself?!
This means Johnson has a very busy year with Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain and Fast and the Furious 5 both shooting over the upcoming months, and then Hercules later on.
Peter Berg (Hancock, Battleship) is producing, and Ryan Condol adapted the script.