While Dwayne Johnson was reported to be in talks for the film earlier in the year, Deadline reveal that Johnson has officially signed up to star in MGM’s forthcoming ‘Hercules’ film. To be directed by Brett Ratner (Tower Heist, the ‘Rush Hour’ series), ‘Hercules’ is based on Steve Moore’s graphic novel ‘Hercules: The Thracian War’ and will begin production in early 2013. Johnson  will next be seen on the big screen as a law-breaking bodybuilder in Michael Bay’s ‘Pain and Gain,’ Roadblock in the action sequel ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation,’ reprising his Hobbs role in ‘The Fast and the Furious 6,’ and alongside Liam Hemsworth in ‘Empire State.’ The plot summary for the graphic novel is below.

Nearly 3,200 years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth as neither man nor god: Hercules, powerful son of the god-king Zeus, and for this he received nothing but suffering. After 12 arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding solace only in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, bonded by their love of fighting and the presence of death never questioning where they go or who they fight, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to turn his men into the greatest army of all time, which means training them to be as bloodthirsty and ruthless as their own reputation. It is time for this band of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen and the narrow, perilous path to their own redemption.