There’s no one else in Hollywood right now I could even picture playing Hercules other than Dwayne Johnson. Fortunately I’m not the only one who feels that way, as director Brett Ratner has tapped the former WWE star for the title role in his upcoming film.
Variety is reporting that Ratner and MGM have closed a deal with Johnson to have him play the lead in “Hercules.” Not much is known about the project other than the fact it’s an adaptation of Steven Moore’s 2008 graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian War.” From what I know about that comic, that means there’s going to be a lot of ruthless badassdom in this upcoming movie.
But that’s not the only comic book project Johnson is interested in. Click on after the jump to find out more about his other film, “Ciudad.”
Johnson is also set to headline the upcoming adaptation of the as-yet-unpublished graphic novel “Ciudad.” SuperHeroHype has the news that the Russo Brothers will direct the adaptation of the graphic novel that they wrote. This is the “You, Me and Dupree” and “Community” directors’ first foray into comic books.
“Ciudad” is set in “one of the most dangerous and corrupt cities in the world.” In the film, Johnson plays a black market mercenary who is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Brazilian drug lord.
These two new movies add to Johnson’s already busy schedule. He’s also set to star in “Snitch,” “Fast Six” and “Pain and Gain,” in addition to the upcoming promotion of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” But hey, I didn’t liken the man to Hercules for nothing. If anyone can pull this juggling act off, it’s Johnson.
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