First official images of Dwayne Johnson as Hercules

With a first trailer set to land tomorrow, USA Today has revealed the first official stills of Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain) as the mythical Greek hero in director Brett Ratner’s (Rush Hour) upcoming action fantasy Hercules….

Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.

Based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, Hercules is set for release on July 25th in North America and August 8th in the UK, with a cast that also includes Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story), Peter Mullan (Tyranosaur), John Hurt (Snowpiercer), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Aksel Hennie (Headhunters), Reece Ritchie (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) and Tobias Santelmann (Kon-Tiki).

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