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2012 was the year of the Snow White showdown with Mirror Mirror facing off against Snow White and the Huntsman. This year will see two action flicks best described as Die Hard at the White House, thanks to Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down. And 2014 will be the year where two Hercules face off, as both Renny Harlin and Brett Ratner prep wannabe blockbusters about the Greek god.
The two projects both promise a "grittier" take on the classic story, but each filmmaker is working hard to give his gritty Herc pic the advantage. Ratner started off strong, scoring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to play his hero, who in this iteration is not a god but a burly mercenary. Harlin responded by promising 3D, and scoring an earlier release than his higher-profile rival. But with a moderate budget of only $70 million, what Harlin really needs to compete—aside from a decent script and eye-catching action—is star power. Now he's got it.
THR reports Kellan Lutz has signed on to front Harlin's Hercules 3D. And while the young star may not be as well known as The Rock, he does have the box office power of the Twilight fandom behind him. Having played Emmett Cullen in the wildly popular vamp-romance saga, Lutz has secured a devoted fan following that could give Harlin's Hercules 3D just the edge it needs to compete with Ratner's Hercules.
Harlin is thrilled over snagging Lutz, saying, "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."
Lutz isn't new to playing a god since he portrayed Poseidon in Tarsem Singh's Immortals. Still, being cast as the lead in an action-adventure 3D spectacle, this is his highest profile role to date. And Twihards are likely to rejoice since Hercules 3D will have at its center a love triangle between the immortal Herc and a mortal princess and her betrothed older brother.
Hercules 3D is slated to hit theaters in March of 2014.