Brett Ratner's Hercules looks to be moving along quite well. Star Dwayne Johnson, who's become the film's de facto PR rep thanks to his many tweets, took to the social-media platform to show off an image of himself and a co-star on the set, accompanied by the message, "Our HERCULES set created by award winning designer Jean-Vincent Puzos w/ great detail. I sit in awe.. #ThracianWars"
Puzos has worked on films like the 2005 Nicolas Cage movie Lord of War, 10,000 B.C. and Amour.
Hercules is based on the 2008 Radical Publishing miniseries Hercules: The Thracian War and features a version of Hercules set in the real world, without any ties to the supernatural. The film also features Ian McShane (Deadwood, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Rufus Sewell (Dark City, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Joseph Fiennes (Flashforward, Shakespeare in Love) and John Hurt (V for Vendetta, Alien).
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend…
Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
The MGM/Paramount Pictures film opens July 25, 2014.