Dwayne Johnson Talks ‘Hercules’: “A Passion Project I’ve Had For Over 15 Years”
Out and about on the promotional campaign for ‘Snitch,’ Dwayne Johnson opened up to MTV about his upcoming ‘Hercules’ adaptation. “The next shoot, I’m really excited about, a passion project I’ve had now on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood, over 15 years now, ‘Hercules.’ I can’t wait. We’re going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I’ve been preparing for this role now for the good part of a year.”
Asked why ‘Hercules’ is such a passion project for him, Dwayne Johnson added, “Understand, for me when I was a kid, Hercules was always a hero of mine, from Steve Reeves to the multiple guys who have played Hercules, but the idea and the notion of this man. When I first got into movies, I thought, ‘Gosh, I would love to do that one day.’ I always thought that the version of Hercules that I want to play was one that was more dramatic and survived in barren lands and not necessarily slick in any way or anything like that. It’s been around and been on my mind for some time.”
Paramount Pictures recently announced a August 8th, 2014 release date for the Dwayne Johnson-lead ‘Hercules.’ 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.’ Besides ‘Snitch,’ 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.
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