You’ve seen Kevin Sorbo’s take. You’ve seen Disney’s animated musical version (probably dozens of times you were a ’90s kid). Now get ready to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the mythical Hercules.
Earlier this year, Johnson was being considered for the new Brett Ratner film from MGM and Paramount, which will be an adaptation of the Radical Comics graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. According to Indiewire, the news is now official, and it seems to make a lot of sense. When you think “bulked-up action star,” your mind probably goes to the Rock rather quickly.
Johnson already has a few upcoming projects on his schedule in addition to this film, including Fast & Furious 6, which he’s shooting now. Hercules will begin filming early next year.
The film will be executive produced by Friday Night Lights producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey, as well as Jesse Berger.
The graphic novel appears to take a darker approach to the legend, but will the Rock bring his beloved sense of humor to the role? More importantly, will any Hercules film be able to live up to the magic of “I Can Go the Distance”? It looks like we’ll just have to wait and see.