‘Hercules’ Set & Cast Photo Round-Up Featuring Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt & Joseph Fiennes

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Hercules battle set photo Hercules Set & Cast Photo Round Up Featuring Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt & Joseph Fiennes

2013 has seen White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen join the ever-growing list of dueling Hollywood movies with virtually identical plots, and it seems as though next year’s pair of contenders will be Renny Harlin’s Hercules 3D, in which Twilight star Kellan Lutz will play the demigod hero, and Brett Ratner’s Hercules, in which Dwayne Johnson will star as a slightly older Hercules in a story that takes place “after the labors, and after the legend…

Ratner’s film is an adaptation of Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya’s graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” and began filming earlier this year in preparation for a summer 2014 release. Throughout the production Johnson has been uploading set photos of himself in costume, complete with long flowing locks and tweeting them to his 5.6 million plus followers of Twitter.

Johnson’s most recent tweets include images of his co-stars Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt in costume and an atmospheric view of the film’s many extras getting ready for a battle. Now that filming is getting ready to draw to a close, however, we’ve rounded up all the images from the set of Hercules that Dwayne Johnson has shared so far, including an inside look at his hair and make-up process and a photo of Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie, who plays Tydeus, doing some impressive push ups.


The film takes place some time after the most famous legends of Hercules, when the hero has become a travelling warrior who sells his services (and the use of his formidable reputation) for gold. He is called to shed the mercenary life and become a true hero once more when the King of Thrace (Hurt) seeks his help to defeat a savage warlord. In one of the images above, Johnson can be seen silhouetted wearing the head of a lion as a helmet, and you can also see what this looks like from the front in another photo showing the wall of the make-up trailer.

While most people seem to be pretty happy with the choice of Johnson, who has some decent acting chops to go with his Herculean stature, as the protagonist of this film, having Ratner behind the camera has led to some mixed responses. The screenplay was written by newcomer Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos, the pen behind many direct-to-video Disney sequels such as The Jungle Book 2, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time and Tarzan 2.

Does this collection of set photos make you feel excited about seeing Hercules, or do they make you want to bet on the version with the Twilight guy?


Hercules is slated to open in U.S. theaters on July 25th, 2014.

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  1. Yeah, I’d rather watch this version just going by set photos alone.

    • Apologies for being off topic here but The Rock’s Hercules movie is based on a comic book so…

      SFX published their reader’s poll results for “Greatest Superhero Movie of All Time” and number 1 was……Dredd.

      Where does everyone think this Hercules movie could fit in that poll if they asked again in a few years time? Predictions, guesstimates?

      • Where is the link to that? I see a top 50 list thats number 1 is the avengers and 2 being the dark knight. As for this film i expect it to be average

        • https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/12354_346891092114028_1261178670_n.jpg

          Best I could find right now. The SFX site itself is hard to navigate and find this result.

          • Just to add, Dredd wasn’t even in the original list of poll options but overwhelming fan demand got it placed in there and then it won the poll overall apparently, by quite a large margin.

            • that’s extremely interesting, Dredd definently has a very loyal and growing fan base.

  2. Super excited for this!

  3. BADASS HERCULES. Nuff said.

  4. Hercules looking more like Dwayne Johnson is more accurate to the myth than any handsome white man version

    • I suppose you don’t think that comment is racist? Replace white with any other race and see how it sounds to you…

      • its not racist, hes not even suppose to be white in the first place

        • What are you on about? Everybody was white before the 20th Century….

          P.S. In all seriousness now, wasn’t a racist comment, just an observation.

  5. The Rock is a BEAST.

  6. Man, could he be any bigger?! and he looks quite intimidating going along with the hair. I just wonder what he looks life from the front. they dont show his face in any of these photos.

    • When filming Fast and Furious 6 in London, some guys tried to break into a couple of vans that the film crew were using for storage. Dwayne Johnson went after them and they probably needed a change in underwear.

      • Even in my prime (age 25) of 350lbs of mostly muscle, I would have been intimidated by The rock; the man has the body of a Greek god. :-D

  7. Got a question, is he not in FAST 7 too the rock, and I guess once he finish filming hercules he will be going to FAST 7 set!..wow….or maybe he is doing it at the same time….I love the rock…I am impress of the talent this guy has and actor…PAINT & GAIN he was soo good in that!

  8. How come they’re hiding this face like we don’t know what The Rock looks like. DAFUQ is that all about?

    • Ive noticed this to; very odd. Does Hercules ever have a scar on his face maybe in any incarnation?

    • It is the common thing to do in promoting a movie these days…i.e., to purposefully create a mystery around something, such as a character, the plot, etc. It stimulates discussion. J.J. Abrams is a master at it. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of it.

    • DAFUQ? Lol…so stealing that.

  9. If he doesn’t have a formidable opponent who looks as impressive, then it will be a boring, self-indulgent suckfest. It boils down to a legitimate threat from a legitimate villain.

  10. Based on set photos and detail from his page, this movie is sounding pretty awesome. I also like the fact that he’s passionate about the character and source material

    • I like the fact that you can see them covering his tattoos; I had forgotten he had those until I saw that pic.

  11. The Rock may look huge and awesome and the sets may look great, but don’t forget, that Brett Ratner is directing this movie. Don’t get any hopes up.

    • You just had to go and crush any and all hopes! :-P