'Twilight' star Kellan Lutz cast as lead in 'Hercules 3D'

He'll play the hulking hero in a £45 million blockbuster from 'Cliffhanger' director Renny Harlin

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Twilight's Kellan Lutz has been cast as the lead in Hercules 3D.

Lutz, who played stacked vampire Emmett Cullen in the Twilight movies, has signed on to star in a $70 million (£45 million) blockbuster from Renny Harlin, director of Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger.

Harlin told The Hollywood Reporter: "It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history - and Kellan has exactly that, personality. He's not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart."

Exact plot details are being kept under wraps, but Hercules 3D is believed to centre on a love story between Lutz's hulking hero and a beautiful princess from Crete. Harlin plans to start shooting the movie this May in Bulgaria.

Meanwhile, a rival movie starring Dwayne Johnson is currently in the works. Based on an acclaimed graphic novel called Hercules: The Thracian Wars, it's being directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand) and aims to offer a more realistic view of the Greek hero. Ian McShane and John Hurt have recently joined the cast and filming will begin in Hungary this May - the same month as Hercules 3D starts shooting.

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