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The days when director Renny Harlin was the go-to-guy for big-screen action and thrills are sadly long gone. The man who gave us enjoyable madness of Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight has saw his stock plummet following the expensive disaster Cutthroat Island, which in all honesty wasn’t all that bad despite notoriously bankrupting Carolco Pictures. Lately, Harlin’s stepped into the world of TV. Directing episodes of Burn Notice, White Collar and the upcoming Graceland but he’ll be hoping to kick-start his cinematic career with one of two Hercules projects on the horizon.
Hoping to beat Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnston’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars to the punch, Harlin’s Hercules 3D will star Twilight hunk Kellan Lutz as the mythic and heroic Greek god. The film is currently shooting with a supporting cast that includes Scott Adkins, Johnathon Schaech, Liam McIntyre, Rade Serbedzija, »
- Craig Hunter
Next year, fans will get a double-dose of Hercules with Hercules 3D, starring Kellan Lutz, and Hercules: The Thracian Wars, starring Dwayne Johnson. During a recent interview, Kellan Lutz spoke about how the two projects are very different, even though they are based on the same character.
"I love The Rock. I grew up watching wrestling. He's such a great actor. I wish them the best. They have a great cast but the story is completely different. He's much older and our Hercules is the man's journey from him being a boy to a man, and it's very real and human. Our character goes through being lovestruck and then heartbroken and then anguish and loneliness, sadness and remorse. It's really a story about a man, a man and the journey to get back to his love. So it's not a man with super powers. A man not understanding the strengths »
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been a busy man in the last few years, and his life is about to get even busier when he returns to the TV screen, where his acting career began. Johnson is set to star in an HBO dramedy about a group of active and retired professional athletes living in Miami. Not much else is known about the series, but it will be reuniting Johnson with director Pete Berg, who directed him in 2003′s The Rundown, and will be produced by Mark Wahlberg, who co-starred with him last month in Pain & Gain. The pilot was written by Steven Levinson, who wrote a few episodes in the first two seasons of Entourage, making him familiar with the HBO family.
Outside of cameos and voice acting, the last and only television shows to feature Johnson have had WWE or WWF in the title. It wasn’t until »
- Nick Hamden
Variety reports that Scandinavian actress Ingrid Bolsø has been cast in Brett Ratner's Hercules in the lead female role. They don't offer any additional details, but she joins an already impressive cast which includes Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes. The screenplay for Hercules was adapted by relative newcomer Ryan Condal from Radical Studio's graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars (a synopsis for which can be found below). The film is set for release on July 25th, 2014. What do you guys think about this latest edition to the cast? Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding »
McIntyre will play young army captain Sotiris, who is initially an antagonist of the mythical hero Hercules (Lutz).
The pair become close friends before being sold into slavery by a treacherous king.
Director Renny Harlin said that McIntyre is "infinitely entertaining to watch".
The Australian actor is best known for playing the title role in the second and third of Starz's three season Spartacus series.
Kellan Lutz will be starring as the Greek Demigod. Liam McIntyre will be portraying an army captain, who is Hercules' right hand man. The story will have the duo being sold into slavery by an evil king. Once captured they must fight side by side to achieve their freedom.
Here is what director Renny Harlin said about the addition.
"He's infinitely entertaining to watch. I am lucky to have him play military commander, Sotiris, Hercules' best friend. Their relationship begins antagonistic and develops into a close bond, forged in battle."
Les Welden and Danny Lerner are producing. Production is scheduled to begin this May in Bulgaria.
He will play the mythical hero's nephew and companion Iolaus, a poet forced into becoming a warrior.
The film is based on the Radical Publishing series The Thracian Wars and The Knives of Kush, which depict Hercules as a jaded mercenary who turns against his corrupt master.
Ritchie is also known for his role in Prince of Persia.
Hercules: The Thracian Wars is expected to open on July 25, 2014 in the Us and the UK. »
With production beginning next month, the Paramount/MGM co-production Hercules has added another cast member. According to Deadline, Lonely Bones and Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time actor Reece Ritchie has joined the Brett Ratner-directed adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars (a synopsis for which can be found below. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is set to star as the titular character, while Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Aksel Hennie and Rebecca Ferguson are also on board. Ritchie will play Iolaus, who is described as "the legendary strongman’s nephew and biggest booster who eagerly promotes the achievements and adventures of Hercules. A poet, Iolaus is forced in the film to also become a warrior alongside his uncle." Hercules is set to hit theaters July 25th, 2014. Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules »
The top-secret story involves time travel and alternate dimensions and sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole. [Source: Heat Vision]
Jennifer Yuh Nelson helms the next chapter, with plot details being kept under wraps. The film is currently slated for release Christmas 2015. [Source: Heat Vision]
Skinny and Cat
Rachel Weisz has replaced Cate Blanchett in the lead role in "Skinny And Cat," the $12 million true story drama about the romance between writer Erskine Caldwell and photojournalist Margaret Bourke White.
Barbra Streisand was previously attached as director but that is no longer the case. No alternate helmer is yet in place. »
- Garth Franklin
A big budget "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" production starring Dwayne Johnson is stirring controversy in the visual effects community because of a decision by co-producer MGM to base all the post-production in the United Kingdom, according to insiders on the movie. With the $110 million budget for the film already inching up, MGM has told bidders on the project directed by Brett Ratner that $30 million of post-production needs to take place in the United Kingdom. A spokeswoman for MGM said the studio had no comment. A production executive close to the »
- Sharon Waxman
An American, a Canadian and a German each found work in the movies today. Here’s who was cast in what: Denis Leary has been added to the ensemble of football drama Draft Day. Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) has signed up for Pompeii, Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest 3D actioner. Antje Traue (Man of Steel) will get her Ancient Greek on as the latest recruit for Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Hit the jump for more on each project. The Ivan Reitman-directed Draft Day focuses on the efforts of the Cleveland Browns’ general manager (Kevin Costner) to acquire the #1 pick at the draft. Leary will bring his amusingly acerbic shtick to the role of the team’s new head coach, who butts heads with Costner. Also, Jennifer Garner will be there. Per Deadline, a portion of the film will be shot at this year’s NFL entry draft, »
- Matt Currie
Man Of Steel star Antje Traue has joined the cast of the upcoming Hercules movie! We currently have two Hercules projects in Hollywood (the other one comes from director Renny Harlin) but we’re here to have a little chat about Brett Ratner‘s version of the whole thing. Yep, the one that stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role! Brett Ratner will direct the movie from a script written by Ryan Condal, and as we previously reported, the story is set fourteen-hundred years ago, and revolves around Hercules, powerful son of the god king Zeus, who received nothing but suffering his entire life. The film is...
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- Jeanne Standal
Filmmaker Brett Ratner took a page out of Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past playbook by announcing on Twitter that Antje Traue has joined the cast of Hercules: The Thracian Wars. That tweet has since been deleted, which likely means the director jumped the gun and announced the news too early.
No details have been released as to what character the actress is portraying. She joins a cast that already includes Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, Aksel Hennie as Tydeus, Rufus Sewell as Autolycus, and Ian McShane as Amphiarus. The story follows Hercules, the son of Zeus who turns his back on the Gods. He leads a team of mercenaries who will fight anyone's battle for them, provided the price is right. The plot thickens when their latest mission becomes more complicated than anyone could imagine.
Director Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand) has announced that actress Antje Traue is the latest addition to the rather impressive cast of his upcoming epic Hercules, which has Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson set to play the titular character. The film is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, a synopsis for which you can find below. Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Aksel Hennie and Rebecca Ferguson are also on board. Traue will be seen in action this summer in Warner Bros.' Man Of Steel, in which she plays the Kryptonian villainous Faora. Hercules is set to hit theaters July 25th, 2014. So excited to have actress Antje Traue joining the cast of #Hercules— Brett Ratner (@BrettRatner) April 9, 2013 Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for »
Pre-production continues on director Brett Ratner's ultra-violent 3D feature "Hercules: The Thracian Wars", adapting two Radical Comics' series, starring Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Aksel Hennie and Rebecca Ferguso, targeting a July 2014 release.
"...fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god.
"Hercules', the powerful son of the god king 'Zeus' received nothing but suffering his entire life.
"After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in battle.
"Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, never questioning where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid.
"Now the 'King of Thrace' has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is »
- Michael Stevens
Apparently, next year is going to be The Year of Hercules. There is, of course, “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” the upcoming film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson, but now, according to Coming Soon and The Hollywood Reporter, Renny Harlin is directing another Hercules film, “Hercules 3D,” starring “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz. Harlin had nothing but good things to say about Lutz. “It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history—and Kellan has exactly that, personality,” he said to The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion [ Read More ]
Here is the thing; I, in no way, will ever hate on the people who starred in the Twilight films. They made what they made, they got their money, and now they are off. Like most of the cast, Lutz is looking to put as many films as possible between him and his vampire days.
Here is what Harlin had to say about choosing Lutz for the role:
It looks like Hercules 3D is going to go head to head with the Brett Ratner/Dwayne Johnson movie Hercules: The Thracian Wars which also comes out in 2014. The only downfall to this is that The Rat always seems to make a good amount of money with his movies. Hopefully, if Hercules 3D wants any chance of survival, »
- Billy Fisher
Kellan Lutz has signed on for the title role in director Renny Harlin and Millennium Entertainment's Hercules 3D. This project is not to be confused with MGM's Hercules: The Thracian Wars, which has Brett Ratner attached to direct and Dwayne Johnson set to star.
Here's what director Renny Harlin had to say about his leading man.
"It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history - and Kellan has exactly that, personality. He's not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart."
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but this action-adventure will have a love story at its core, with Hercules falling for the mortal princess of Crete, who was promised to his older brother.
Cementing his legacy as the Toby Jones of CGI fantasies, Kellan Lutz has reportedly signed on to star in Hercules 3D—Renny Harlin’s previously acknowledged, inevitable competitor to the Brett Ratner-directed, Dwayne Johnson-starring Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Lutz has previously played the second shirtless fiddle by nesting himself within a motion-captured bodysuit, like a musclebound matryoshka doll, to star in a 3-D version of Tarzan that will similarly compete with Warner Bros.’ own Tarzan movie, because there must be two of everything now. And as Harlin has said before, the distinction between his and Ratner’s take is Harlin »
Hollywood’s 2014 movie roster will include dueling copycat projects, as there are two different takes on the Hercules set to arrive next year. The better known project is simply titled Hercules – and is based on the popular “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” comic book – while the other is known as Hercules 3D, and has existed in some form dating back to 2007.
Brett Ratner (Rush Hour 1-3, X-Men: The Last Stand) is directing Hercules, which has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson headlining and character actors like Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt rounding out the supporting cast. Meanwhile, Hercules 3D is coming together under the supervision of Renny Harlin, who made a living by churning out pop action movies in the 1990s (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight) but dropped ...
- Sandy Schaefer
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