John Hurt and Ian McShane join Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ movie

The film is aiming to offer a more realistic view of the mighty hero

The new Hercules movie starring Dwayne Johnson has added a raft of new cast members.

British thesps John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell and Rebecca Hall have all signed on for roles in the historical blockbuster, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

The film, based on a popular graphic novel called Hercules: The Thracian Wars, is aiming to offer a more realistic view of the Greek hero. Instead of being portrayed as the son of Zeus, Johnson’s Hercules will be a mighty mortal in charge of a team of mercenaries.

Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X Men: The Last Stand) is directing from a script penned by rookie screenwriter Ryan Condal. Shooting is due to begin this May in Budapest and makers MGM and Paramount have set a release date of August 8, 2014.

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.