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Since Disney has started to make live-action revamps of their classic animated canon a huge going concern, fans have been more than eager to lend a hand in terms of casting who should play the flesh and blood versions of characters like their incarnation of Hercules.
That specific example has come up because recently a random fan of Cameron Monaghan suggested that he should be the zero to hero success story, should the Mouse House ever put pen to paper and do a real world remake. And wouldn’t you know it, Cameron Monaghan himself approves of this casting, and has done so with the tweet you see below:
This, of course, means that any moment now, you’re bound to see some sort of fan art depicting Cameron Monaghan beating up a Hydra or bickering with a live-action depiction of Danny DeVito as his centaur mentor Phil. And let’s just get one thing straight, if we eventually get a live-action Hercules, DeVito has to at least be offered his original role again. It’s natural law, and the fans will have nothing less.
Interestingly enough, this talk comes not too long after New York’s Public Theater ran their musical adaptation of Hercules for a limited run, with young actor Jelani Alladin playing the role of Herc in that capacity. So the talks about who should play the Greek hero might heat up a bit on the internet, as there’s sure to be plenty of fans from Alladin’s performance countering this tide in his name.
As it stands, Cameron Monaghan’s fans are falling in line with his Twitter post hypothetically accepting the role of Hercules’ charming lead. Without an official announcement of a live-action adaptation, this only really means something to the fans that are vocal that he be the one to lead the cast.
Then again, since Disney has no plans to stop their live-action gravy train any time soon, maybe this is the spark they need to start planning a brand new adaptation of the heroic efforts of Hercules in ancient Rome. If the studio does indeed begin to explore this prospect, it’s certainly nice to have a pretty marketable and fan approved name to start the ball rolling on the entire enterprise.
While Hercules may not be in the cards just yet, you can still get plenty of live-action remake excitement from Disney in the near future! Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’s October 18th release marks the next theatrical dose available to fans of the studio, with The Lion King hitting physical home video on October 22nd, and Disney+’s first original film being the remake of Lady and The Tramp hitting on November 12th.