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Monday, March 5, 2012

Dwayne Johnson Cast In Two Action Roles, Including Hercules

Dwayne Johnson seems to be filling up his dance card for the foreseeable future very quickly.  He has stated that he will begin filming Fast Six in May, he is committed to co-starring with Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's crime film Pain and Gain and today it was announced that he would be signing onto not one, but two other projects!

Dwayne Johnson has just signed on to star in an action thriller named Ciudad.  The movie will be written and co-directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, based on a yet unreleased graphic novel they also wrote.  According to Deadline, Johnson will play a,"black market mercenary hired by a Brazilian drug lord to rescue his kidnapped daughter" in "one of the most dangerous and corrupt cities in the world."  It's difficult to get any type of idea what this movie will ultimately be; the source material hasn't even been released yet and the Russo brothers have only made one theatrical film(You, Me and Dupree) and worked almost exclusively in TV comedy up until this point.  Something about the project obviously attracted Johnson to the  project, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.  This isn't the only action film Johnson has signed onto today though.


According to Variety, Johnson has now committed to playing the titular character in Brett Ratner's  Hercules. Johnson seems like a natural and quality choice to fill the sandal's of Hercules in the movie based on the comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars.  I'm not much of a believer in Brett Ratner as a director but hopefully he will surprise us with a quality movie.  Even if it doesn't rise to the level of great film-making, even schlocky Greek myth can serve as decent guilty pleasure.  The basis certainly seems to be there for a rip roaring action film. I haven't read the comic but the description on Amazon makes it sound akin to God of War.
Hercules: The Thracian Wars
Nearly 3,200 years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth as neither man nor god: Hercules, powerful son of the god-king Zeus, and for this he received nothing but suffering. After 12 arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding solace only in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, bonded by their love of fighting and the presence of death never questioning where they go or who they fight, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to turn his men into the greatest army of all time, which means training them to be as bloodthirsty and ruthless as their own reputation. It is time for this band of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen and the narrow, perilous path to their own redemption.
Between the above description and the artwork on this page, it appears this movie will continue the mould of 300 and Immortals as a visually strinking and violent action film.  It doesn't look like we are going to be getting Bullfinch's Mythology, but were we really expecting that?

I want to know what you guys think.  Do these movies sound promising, or is Johnson signing on to be the best thing in some more mediocre films?  Leave a comment and let your voice be heard!


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