The popular Greek demigod Hercules has been of interest to Hollywood for a very long time. But this year, Hollywood doubled its love for the son of Zeus with two movie releases. The first one titled The Legend of Hercules was an origin movie of sorts, already released in January 2014, turning out unfortunately to be a commercial and critical dud. The fate of the next one though should be much different. It has the big budget summer blockbuster feel about it, with a better known director and a worldwide famous star. And to begin the countdown for the release of Hercules, it has a roaring trailer as well.
What’s the plot like: Hercules is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. If you are familiar with popular Greek mythology (if you aren’t, then brush up soon!), then you would know about Hercules’ legendary twelve labours which he undertook to atone the killing of his own children in a fit of rage induced by Goddess Hera. The film Hercules is set to explore the tale after the completion of the twelve labours, where Hercules will be tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
Ain’t this a smart casting decision: You betcha! There is no way that anyone other than a bodybuilder could take on the role of this gigantic demigod (played in the past by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno). And there is no famous bodybuilder in Hollywood right now beyond Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock. Johnson has been hugely appreciated and loved in his recent movies, be it in the Fast & Furious or G.I. Joe franchise, and his popularity has only been growing. To add to that, he has the muscular structure to play this character, which has been further bulked up to fit the role. It would be the first big budget film to ride solely on the back of Dwayne Johnson’s broad shoulders, and let’s see if his roar of “I am Hercules” gets the attention from the audience that the studio would be hoping for.
Who’s directing the show: That would be Brett Ratner, the man behind the Rush Hour series, X-Men: The Last Stand, and 2011’s Tower Heist. Ratner is releasing a theatrical film after a three year period (not considering the segment directed in last year’s Movie 43), and so time to make an impression with something loud and wild. Oh, Hercules!
Who else star in the film: Little is known about the extent of roles that the other actors would have in the film. But two noteworthy actors worth watching this movie for would be Ian McShane and John Hurt. McShane is of course the wonderful voice providing the narration in the trailer, giving it its engaging appeal, but the makers could have another version of it with Hurt in the background and I bet that would have been equally compelling too.
Where to watch the trailer: Right here! Enjoy the super-sized visual effects, the dramatic narrative, and the Herculean roar.
Hercules releases in the USA on July 25, 2014.
Can also read: The Rock embarks on a Herculean Journey