The last time that we saw the Greek hero Hercules up on the big screen was back in 1997 when Walt Disney Animation adapted the Greek myth as their 35th film. In two weeks time we will get our first look at what promises to be an extremely different vision for the legend when the first trailer for Brett Ratner's Hercules arrives online.
This news was delivered by the film's star himself, Dwayne Johnson, who is a bit of a legend himself when it comes to revealing stuff on Twitter (remember when he basically announced the death of Osama bin Laden to the world?). Earlier today the actor dropped the following message on his social media page:
Two weeks from today also happens to be the date of the Paramount Pictures presentation at the annual CinemaCon, which is an expo where all of the major studios reveal special footage from their biggest upcoming blockbusters. I'll be on the ground covering the event in Las Vegas and fully expect to get to see the trailer up on the big screen that day, so stay tuned for our coverage!
Hercules is a new vision of the legend that is based on the comic "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" by Steve Moor and Admira Wijaya and adapted by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film will find the titular hero working as a mercenary for hire along with five faithful companions. The myth surrounding his name has long been able to strike fear into his enemies, but upon traveling to Greece he runs against a challenge that will test all of his might, as the ruler of Thrace hires him and his men to help defeat a vicious warlord. The strong, international supporting cast includes Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie, and Reece Ritchie. The film is currently in post-production, but will be in theaters on July 25, 2015.
As for Johnson, Hercules is the next film up for theatrical release, but he has plenty more in the pipeline as well. The star is still working on Fast & Furious 7, which had its release date pushed back to April 10, 2015 following the death of Paul Walker and production delays last year. He will also soon start shooting the 3D earthquake disaster movie San Andreas - also scheduled to come out next year - and has stirred up some Green Lantern rumors that could have him taking part in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman/Superman movie.
Stay tuned for more about Hercules, and for now just take a trip into the recent past: