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Hercules casting news has become as plentiful as the many-headed Hydra, No sooner did news break that Rufus Sewell is joining Dwayne Johnson in director Brett Ratner’s comic-book adaptation than words surfaces of four more additions.
Heat Vision reports that Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and Rebecca Ferguson have joined the MGM-Paramount Pictures film, which is based on Radical Publishing’s Radical Publishing’s 2008 comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie (Headhunters) was cast last month as Hercules’ ally Tydeus.
Set in the real world stripped of its mythological elements, the original comic follows the Greek hero and his six battle-worn companions as they’re called upon by the Thracian king to train his army. But in Thrace Hercules and his band of lost souls discover how far they’ve fallen and what it will take to travel the path to redemption.
Although the website offers no details about the roles played by Fiennes, Hurt and Ferguson, McShane will portray Amphiarus, described as “part priest, part prophet and part warrior who is Hercules’ counselor.”
McShane might be best known for Deadwood, but he’s also appeared in big budget pictures like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strange Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman and, most recently, Jack the Giant Slayer.
The film, which was written by Ryan Condal and rewritten by Evan Spiliotopoulos, opens July 25, 2014.