‘Hercules 3D’ Casts ‘Twilight’ Actor Kellan Lutz As Its Lead

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Hollywood’s 2014 movie roster will include dueling copycat projects, as there are two different takes on the Hercules set to arrive next year. The better known project is simply titled Hercules – and is based on the popular “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” comic book – while the other is known as Hercules 3D, and has existed in some form dating back to 2007.

Brett Ratner (Rush Hour 1-3, X-Men: The Last Stand) is directing Hercules, which has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson headlining and character actors like Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt rounding out the supporting cast. Meanwhile, Hercules 3D is coming together under the supervision of Renny Harlin, who made a living by churning out pop action movies in the 1990s (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight) but dropped off most people’s radar after a decade of making more obscure titles (12 Rounds) and directing television shows (Burn Notice).

Heat Vision has the exclusive scoop on Nu Image/Millennium and Harlin casting Kellan Lutz as the lead in Hercules 3D. For those who don’t recognize the name, Lutz played the hunk vampire Emmett Cullen in all five Twilight movies released to date, in addition to appearing on the Generation Kill TV mini-series, the 90210 TV show and the Nightmare on Elm Street remake; he also has experience in the area of modern sword and sandals/mythology tentpoles, having portrayed the god Poseidon in director Tarsem Singh’s Immortals.

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Hercules is based on a screenplay from prospective up and coming screenwriter Ryan Condal – who co-scripted Alex Proyas’ canceled Paradise Lost adaptation – and revisions provided by Evan Spiliotopoulos, the first writer hired to pen Wanted 2 and the developing Asteroids video game movie. By comparison, the Hercules 3D script credit is shared by Harlin, Sean Hood (Conan the Barbarian (2011)) and lesser-known Giulio Steve.

While I give Hercules the edge over its 3D counterpart for having the better proven and charismatic star (to mention nothing of Johnson’s more appropriate physique) as well as cast in general and screenwriting talent, it’s hard to shake off the feeling that neither of these projects will come anywhere near to capturing the thematic poetry and grandeur emotion of classic mythology. Stories like Hercules’ are, after all, the basis for Shakespearean drama and modern-day superheroes; hence, there is no good reason why a contemporary film adaptation cannot have, say, the visual style of Ridley Scott period fare (Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Robin Hood) mixed with the raw intensity and relevance of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Instead, we get stuff like Clash of the Titans and Immortals, which basically amount to corny fun, but empty popcorn entertainment. Maybe one of these upcoming Hercules flicks will manage to buck that trend, but color me doubtful for the time being.


Hercules opens in theaters on July 25th, 2014.

Hercules 3D begins filming this May in Bulgaria, for a release in 2014.

Source: THR

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  1. The subject of Hercules and your misgivings are two choice cuts of “red meat” to draw my comments. And yet what more can you say? Producers of the Harlin project obviously spared the expense of noteworthy writing talent; these guys they hired (at Writer’s Guild minimum, no doubt) will avoid copyrighted material that will shape the Ratner project. It’s about all anyone can say regarding this competing film.

    I spent half my life absorbed in Greek mythology and 10 years developing a manuscript based on the legend of Hercules. While my other novels have preceded it’s publication, the richness and vitality of the myth –it’s all there. Surely, Edgar Allan Poe had Hercules (the glory of Hera) in mind when he wrote, “…to the glory that was Greece, and the grandeur that was Rome.”

    What a wonderful opportunity these filmmakers have. Will they screw it up. Who knows? But I’m certain someone has a line on this in Vegas.

  2. Renny Harlin, Kellan Lutz, 3D, sounds like a winning combination to me! Plus an identical story made by the power house auteur that is Brett Ratner!

    What a summer we are going to be in for!

  3. What? Kevin Sorbo wasnt available?

  4. I’m calling this one as the bomb of the two movies.

  5. I guess we will never get to see the marvel universe version of hercules. I think that would be pretty cool to see on screen.

  6. I think Kellan is a better choice to play Hercules than The Rock…
    Idk, I think The Rock would fit better to become Kratos or a Spartan soldier/God like Ares. It’s funny how Holywood likes to do stuff like this though…

  7. When Hollywood will stop sh*tting on ancient Greek mythology?

  8. I’ve read the “Thracian Wars” comic and it is amazing as well as providing a different story for Hercules, as it follows Hercules AFTER his heroic feats that he is famed for. He has become a mercenary following the deaths of his family. Really good stuff.
    where as Hercules 3-D will probably rehash his twelve labors.

  9. I’ll give them both a peek when they come out on Netflix.

  10. dead on arrival.

  11. Why does £D have to be stuck onto it? I guess this film will have too much SFX and not enough character or drama. A stupid money-making gimmick.

  12. I’d rather see Lutz. The Rock is in to mmany damn franchise. Let one of the little up-and-comers take a big lead role you bastard! He was bad ass in Immortals. Just a role I wanted to see him in. Hopefully his version doesn’t get kicked to the B list but i’d say 1 has to… And of course The Rocks probably won’t.

    Seriously why bring 2 Hercules movies. Haven’t had one in decades now 2 people think they have the best ideas on how to do it? At the same time?

    • The hit-and-miss prospects of Hollywood studios rolling a hit requires hedging the bet; that’s where putting The Rock in every other franchise comes in.

      Yeah, it’s been decades (1981) since there has been a live-action Hercules film. (And that one with Lou Ferrigno is an embarrassment.)

      Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson cast in the role of the Greek hero is commercial feasible (though the direct, Brett Ratner is questionable). Will this film become a franchise; yeah, depending on the box office. Would this put Johnson in too many franchises (like one actor in too many television shows)? Absolutely. Does anyone (fans or studios) really give a damn. No.

  13. well, now we know-Kellan Lutz is terrible and will never lead a movie again