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Dwayne Johnson, who seems determined to give X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer a run for his money on Twitter, teased fans this morning with another peek behind the scenes of Brett Ratner’s Hercules. This time it’s an artful image of the Greek hero’s helmet, accompanied by the words “‘Become the man you were born to be.’ – Hercules.”
Based on the 2008 Radical Studios miniseries Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the MGM/Paramount Pictures film reimagines Hercules and his companions in a world without supernatural elements. Opening July 25, 2014, Hercules also stars Ian McShane (Deadwood, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Rufus Sewell (Dark City, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Joseph Fiennes (Flashforward, Shakespeare in Love) and John Hurt (V for Vendetta, Alien).
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.