It was while shooting the adventure-epic Hercules, which opens this Friday, that director Brett Ratner discovered the true strength and toughness of leading man Dwayne Johnson.
The mythology of the ancient Greek hero Hercules dates back nearly 2,500 years, but the new trailer for the July 25 big-budget action movie Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson looks like it’s inspired by much more modern sources. Adapted from the 2008 comic book Hercules: The Thracian Wars by Steve Moore and Cris Bolsin, the story borrows elements from the original myths while freely changing the details. They trailer shows him going on a rampage to avenge their murder, but in most myths Hercules is driven mad by Zeus’s jealous wife Hera and he kills his wife and children (not really what you’d expect of The Rock in a summer blockbuster).
The 6-foot-five action star jumped at the chance to portray Greek mythology’s most famous demigod — and based on the pics he’s shared on Twitter so far, he quite possibly embodies Hercules like no man has before. My ride… EXCLUSIVE #HERCULESMovie trailer comes to you this Tues - live on #RockTalk #GetReady pic.twitter.com/Fd2woEx0Yd — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 22, 2014 It should come as no surprise that he’s in stunning shape for this role, considering the workout routine he followed in preparation for the film, which sounded grueling — even for him.
On Monday evening, Paramount Pictures helped kick off this year’s fourth annual CinemaCon in Las Vegas with a bang - or Rock, rather. Box office champ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson worked the room as he anchored the studio’s opening night presentation in front of the largest annual gathering of movie theater owners and operators. Johnson introduced his upcoming epic, “Hercules," which was followed by a first look at the turtles in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and a 13-minute Michael Bay-approved sizzle reel for “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Here’s what we learned from Paramount’s presentation: [The Rock Wears Beard Made of Real Yak Hair, Transforms Into ‘Hercules] 1. Nothing Excites Industry Professionals Like Robot-on-Robot ‘Transformers’ Action The evening’s final act was a very lengthy reel of footage from “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” introduced by stars Wahlberg, Reynor, Peltz… and the added “cute factor” of Wahlberg’s daughter Ella, who came onstage holding Peltz’s hand.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the stars of “Fast & Furious 7” resume production in early April — four months after Paul Walker’s tragic death — and it won’t be easy for anyone. Marking the first time Johnson has talked at length about the loss of his co-star, the 41-year-old star opened up about honoring Walker in the high speed film franchise and making sure his character, Brian O’Conner, has a fitting finale. So it’s important for everybody to creatively honor him in the best way that we possibly can." [Related: Speed, Not Mechanical Failure, to Blame in Paul Walker Crash] Meanwhile, Universal unveiled a brief teaser trailer for “Fast Seven” at CinemaCon Tuesday, and it was met with a warm welcome from the audience — partly because the studio knows how to sell its very successful franchise via fast, fancy cars and lots of action, but mostly because viewers got to see a smiling, driving Paul Walker on the big screen again. At one point in the footage, Brian (Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) are listening to Tej (Ludacris) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) bicker just before driving out of a plane, mid-air.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his headline-making Yak-hair beard are in full effect in the newly released teaser for his passion project, “Hercules.” Here’s Herc ticking off his way through some to-do items on his 12 Labors list. You guys have known Brett for a long time.
In keeping with the tradition of having two different productions exploring the same subject matter in production simultaneously, Hollywood will soon be presenting us with dueling adaptations of the story of Hercules, the mighty Greek hero born of the immortal Zeus and the mortal Alcmene. The one that’s gotten the most attention to date is “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner. However, “Hercules: The Legend Begins,” directed by Renny Harlin, took a little bit more of the spotlight today as star Kellan Lutz introduced a 36-second teaser. We’ve seen pics of Johnson doing his 'Hercules workout,' and now we’ve seen Lutz slicing and dicing his way through an arena full of unworthy opponents.
Well, so much for 2013. This past year had its cinematic ups (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Gravity,” “This Is the End”), downs (“Gangster Squad,” “A Good Day to Die Hard”), in-betweens (“Man of Steel,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”), and sweet surprises (“The Conjuring,” “Blue Jasmine”). It was a fun year , but 2014 is looking to be even more of a thrill ride, filled with franchise-friendly sure things, swing-for-the-fences passion projects, sleeper hits waiting to be discovered and, of course, a few (okay, a lot of) superhero movies. And we can’t wait to get started.
At least it will be when former WWE champion and current big-screen superstar Dwayne Johnson plays him in “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” a fantastical action-adventure directed by Brett Ratner that looks to turn the muscle man born of the immortal Zeus and the mortal Alcmene into a Hollywood action hero. It’s been a well-documented fact that the legs are The Rock’s favorite body part to concentrate on during his epic-sized workout sessions, but everything had to be taken up a notch (or ten) for what could arguably be his biggest role yet.