Rockules? Dwayne Johnson in talks for Brett Ratner's Hercules film

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Could it be that the answer to that eternal question about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s culinary activities is actually baklava? The professional wrestler turned sweaty action star is in talks to play the Greek demigod, Hercules, in director Brett Ratner’s film adaption of the Hercules: The Thracian Wars graphic novel.


It would seem that Ratner just loves him some Sons of Zeus (ok, that sounds kind of wrong), as he was previously also attached to direct a different Hercules film for Millenium/Nu Image. However that deal fell apart in 2010. Now he’ll be looking to the 2008 Radical Entertainment graphic novel, which was written by Steve Moore and forgoes the traditional Herculean myths, for his inspiration. The story is being adapted by screenwriter Ryan Condal who also recently penned Paradise Lost.

There’s no doubting Johnson’s impressive physical credentials, and combined with his natural charisma, it makes him a perfect fit for the Lion of Olympus. Unfortunately, those same attributes puts him in heavy demand; he’s currently appearing in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, soon to be seen in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, currently shooting Snitch, will begin filming on Fast Six in a few months, and he has also signed up for Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain. He’s got a busier schedule than Charlie Sheen’s drug dealer.

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Ratner has even come remotely close to impressing me in quite a long time. You could make the argument that his last even slightly decent film was 2002’s Red Dragon. So hopefully the People’s Champion can help him out of his… “rock bottom” (herp derp) creative slump.

The official synopsis from Radical Entertainment for Hercules: The Thracian Wars:

From the pen of Steve Moore (DR. WHO; JONNI FUTURE) comes a tale of Hercules in his darkest hours.

When the Thracian King summons the Greek hero and his six battle-worn companions to mold the Thracian army into a bloodthirsty, ruthless killing machine, the Son of Zeus rushes to answer the call of war and gold. But within the nation of Thrace lies an epic tale of war, murder, deception, and sacrifice that shows Hercules how far from grace he’s fallen- and what he must accomplish for redemption.

Last Updated: February 24, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Why is Brett Ratner still allowed to make movies?

  • Darryn_Bonthuys

    There is only one true Hercules movie, and that’s the Australian “Hercules Returns”.

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