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NYCC 2013: Watch full length trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins

October 13th, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments

Renny Harlin and the cast of his Hercules film were at NYCC to debut the full trailer that they teased on Friday. While the other Brett Ratner-directed Hercules film features a Hercules with his legendary reputation already in place, The Legend Begins is an origin story. Harlin explained:

“We wanted to really go to the origins of this character and really start with a young man who doesn’t even know that he is Hercules.”

Spartacus star Liam McIntyre added:

“The legend of Hercules is timeless. He’s the absolute first superhero… Superman, Batman, they’re all based off the myth of Hercules in some way.”

As far as competing against The Rock on a physical level, Harlin insisted his version of Hercules have a leaner look:

“My one advice to Kellan was, because he already looked so awesome, I said, ‘Let’s not create a stereotype of Hercules who is just a guy with giant muscles and carries big rocks. Let’s create a real character.’ And I said, ‘Get cut. Look great, but I don’t want you to be giant.'”

Kellan Lutz added:

 “There’s another Hercules and already, that guy has a lot of muscles. I thought I’d make my guy a little more real and, you know, a little more slimmer.”

In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic – a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit

Hercules: The Legend Begins is written by Sean Hood and Hanna Weg with a cast that also includes Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, and Liam McIntyre. It is aiming for a March 2014 release.

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Born and raised in NY, a self titled Nerd Jedi. He met his destiny at 5, with the snap-hiss of Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars. He's never looked back. He wields dual lightsabers, called Common Sense and Humor, and uses them in pursuit of all things Nerd. A husband and father, he still finds time for comics, video games, movies, and shows. You can follow his blog at or his Twitter @ed_pool