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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Says Hercules Has Always Been His Hero

droc218Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has always wanted to play Hercules and this time , he is getting that chance. Johnson told MTV that he will be taking on the role under the direction of Brett Ratner.

Johnson says, “The next shoot, I’m really excited about, a passion project I’ve had now on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood, over 15 years now, ‘Hercules.’ I can’t wait. We’re going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I’ve been preparing for this role now for the good part of a year.”

Johnson said that Hercules was his childhood hero and explains why the role is so important to him, as it will be to many young viewers of color, when it is released.

He says, “Understand, for me when I was a kid, Hercules was always a hero of mine, from Steve Reeves to the multiple guys who have played Hercules, but the idea and the notion of this man. When I first got into movies, I thought, ‘Gosh, I would love to do that one day.’ I always thought that the version of Hercules that I want to play was one that was more dramatic and survived in barren lands and not necessarily slick in any way or anything like that. It’s been around and been on my mind for some time.”

The screenplay, written by Ryan Condol, is based off of the Radical Publishing “Hercules” comic books written by Steve Moore, with art by Cris Bolsin. MGM and Paramount are anticipating an August 8, 2014 release.

 

Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.

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