The first trailer for director Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role, is now online. The trailer features Hercules fighting off a lot of CGI monsters while grandiose narration builds up the big reveal of Johnson as the Greek demigod. It’s also a bit strange since the movie was previously billed as “a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist,” and I’m pretty sure I spotted a hydra and Cerberus. However it pans out, this looks like it could be a lot of dumb fun.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click on the corresponding links for Johnson talking about Fast & Furious 7, DC superheroes, and G.I. Joe 3. The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk. Hercules opens in 3D on July 25th.
The long-gestating adaptation of The Mortal Instruments is finally moving forward, and now two antagonists have been cast. Based on the first book in Cassandra Clare‘s young adult novel series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the film centers on a young woman who discovers she is the descendant of a line of secret cadre of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect the world from demons.” Lily Collins and Jaime Campbell Bower are set as the leads, and Variety now reports that Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Robert Maillet (Sherlock Holmes) have been cast as Pangborn and Blackwell, two henchman of the film’s main villain, Valentine.
The film adapatation had been in limbo when was without financing, but Screen Gems and Constantin Film recently teamed up to back the pic. Harold Zwart (The Karate Kid) will direct, with The Mortal Instruments set for release on August 23rd, 2013. Hit the jump to read the official synopsis.