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Brett Ratner is going all out with his adaptation of Hercules: The Thracian Wars, as demonstrated by these behind-the-scenes photos tweeted by star Dwayne Johnson. “The most amazing set I’ve ever stepped foot on,” he wrote. “Honored to play this role.”
Based on the 2008 Radical Studios miniseries Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya, the MGM/Paramount Pictures film reimagines the mythological Hercules as a human character instead of a godling. The film 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.
Hercules opens July 25, 2014.