It’s been a busy week for Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars, but one question asked of his Rock-ness (Dwayne Johnson, who will star as the titular “Hercules”) recently concerned what his Olympian demi-god will look like in the new film.
During a roundtable interview for the March 28 release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Rock reportedly ignored his publicist and flashed a cell phone picture of himself in-costume as Hercules (from a recent fitting).
Though the image hasn’t made it’s way online (as Rock’s publicist said, “it’s a little early for this”), SuperHeroHype had no qualms whatsoever with describing it.
“The best way to describe his Hercules is as if The Rock were cosplaying Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash from Iron Man 2. He’s got long hair and a long black beard on top of his characteristically massive physique. There’s no telling if that’s his costume throughout the film, but it’s definitely a look that will surprise fans.”
So we’re guessing this won’t be any kind of homage to the Kevin Sorbo Hercules of yesteryear.
Despite Brett Ratner, Hercules: The Thracian Wars sounds pretty interesting. It will be based on the Radical Publishing “Hercules” comic books, of which there were two series: “The Thracian Wars” (hello, title) and “The Knives of Kush” (hello, sequel).
The plot description sounds pretty gnarly, too:
“Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules, 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 bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and the presence of death.
“These men and woman never question where, why, or whom they go to fight; only how much they will be paid. Knowing this, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. Hercules begins to question King Cotys’ motives when he takes his army out to battle and sees them practice on innocent men, women, and children of their neighbors. Deep in his soul something stirs, but is it enough to stop a mad king and his army of the damned from marching across Greece – or even Olympus itself?!”
I guess we’ll all find out for sure when Hercules: The Thracian Wars hits theaters on July 25, 2014. Thus far, the film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hercules, Aksel Hennie, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and Rebecca Ferguson.
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