It's one of two 'Hercules' movies due for release next year - the other stars Dwayne Johnson
The first trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins has been released. Watch it below.
Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger), Hercules: The Legend Begins stars Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz as the musclebound Greek hero and is being billed as an origin story that’s about love as well as war.
“We didn’t want to make a movie that is just this brooding guy who’s just going from fight to fight, and just being violent and brutish,” Harlin explained recently. “For us, the love story was very much the heart and key to his character and his story.”
Newcomer Gaia Weiss co-stars as Hercules’ love interest Hebe and the supporting cast includes Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2) and Roxanne McKee – best known as Louise in Hollyoaks. Hercules: The Legend Continuesis set to open in UK cinemas on August 8 next year (2014).
Meanwhile, a rival Hercules movie starring Dwayne Johnson is also due out next year and is scheduled to arrive in UK cinemas just two weeks earlier on July 25. It’s titled Hercules: The Thracian Wars and is based on a popular graphic novel of the same name.
Hercules, a mythological hero famed for his immense strength, first appeared on the big screen in a series of Italian films in the 1950s and 1960s. The character has been played by countless actors over the years. Most notably, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a cult 1970 film called Hercules In New York, while Tate Donovan provided his voice in a 1997 animated Disney movie.