‘Hercules’ Cast Gains Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and More

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The (not a) fan-favorite director Brett Ratner is gearing up to begin shooting the comic book adaptation Hercules, a (dare we use the words) darker and grittier take on Greek mythology that casts Dwayne Johnson as the titular warrior – who, in this version, is not the son of Zeus, but instead a disillusioned mortal who leads a band of mercenaries for hire (some 3,000 years in the past).

Hercules was inspired by the graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” created by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya. The screenplay for Ratner’s movie was penned by Ryan Condal – who co-wrote Alex Proyas’ defunct Paradise Lost movie - and got a subsequent rewrite from Evan Spiliotopoulos, a former direct-to-video Disney animated sequel screenwriter (he also did uncredited work on Snow White and the Huntsman and the Asteroids video game movie adaptation).

We learned earlier this week that Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has joined the Hercules cast, but a fresher casting update from THR reveals that Deadwood fan-favorite Ian McShane (who is currently starring on the big screen in Jack the Giant Slayer) has boarded the project, claiming the role of Hercules’ counselor Amphiarus.

Meanwhile, Joseph Fiennes – whose character suffered greatly at the hands of the psychotic “Santa Claus” that McShane memorably played in American Horror Story: Asylum – has also hopped on the Hercules train. Rounding out the cast are such people as John Hurt (Immortals), Aksel Hennie (Headhunters) and British singer-sonwriter Rebecca Ferguson.

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Ratner’s films, as indicated before, usually have little to no problem selling tickets at the box office, even when the professional critics and fans are mostly unified in their not-so-pleasant feelings about his work (see: X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour 3). As noted by some of our readers, a grounded take on the Hercules legend could make for a historical blockbuster that genuinely deserves the label “epic,” in terms of emotional content and spectacle alike. With Ratner at the helm, though, it’s probably best to expect something of similar quality to Wrath of the Titans.

Of course, a dunder-headed swords-and-sandals romp starring “The Rock” is what many audience members will expect, nay want, to sit down and watch in a comfort of an air-conditioned theater during the middle of summer. Besides, going by the casting alone, this has the potential to be one of Ratner’s better offerings (a la Red Dragon).


Hercules opens in theaters on July 25th, 2014.


Source: THR

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  1. Boy, you guys (and gals) are on a news spree today aren’t you

    • …and good thing; Screenrant does it cleaner and smoother than most sites of a similar genre and species.

  2. Hercules based on the mythology with a screenplay by — oh, say — John Logan would make the production less of a concern. Based on a comic book with a screenplay by journeyman writers and directed by the journeyman who helmed RUSH HOUR and TOWER HEIST…we can all see the problem.

    Without taking more seriously the world’s most famous mythological hero and icon of pre-history, the cast and the phsyical production may well be all this film has going for it.

    Chiefly, Dwayne Johnson is the best choice among the current crop of male bodybuilders with acting chops. His skin tone is not a factor given that Hercules’ lineage was half Mediterranean and half (what would later become known as) European baked under the Hellenic sun.

    Of couse, the movie hasn’t been shot, yet, so the only real concern now is not what is, but what will be. All of us who are fans of The Rock and the myth wait for that early footage; still, better to have this (I think) than nothing at all. Just hope they do Steve Reeves proud.

  3. It’s pretty sad, ’cause the cast seems pretty good. It’d be a shame if they wasted them on another Clash of the Titans-type of flick when it could be much more AND still be massively entertaining. Heck if the writing team was a little less worrisome I’d still think this might turn out well; at this rate I’m not holding my breath. If they replaced either the writers or the director I may just give this a shot.