According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kellen Lutz (Twilight, Immortals) has signed on to play the title character in Millenium’s Hercules 3D. The $70 million epic is being directed by Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2)
Harlin spoke of his leading man to THR:
“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.”
Specific plot details are unknown but apparently at its center will be “a love story between the son of Zeus and the mortal princess of Crete, who was promised to his older brother despite her love for Hercules.”
The movie is one of two huge Hercules movies being made by Hollywood, the other is an MGM/Paramount co-production starring Dwayne Johnson as the hero and directed by Brett Ratner. They seem to be taking the more grounded approach, while Harlin and Lutz’s Hercules will be more true to the original mythology.
Is there enough room at the box office for 2 Hercules films?