Paramount Pictures has released a new, extended Hercules TV spot for director Brett Ratner’s upcoming actioner. The “revisionist take” on the classic myth takes place after Hercules’ famous twelve labors, as we find him “traveling with a group of mercenaries and cashing in on his famous name until he’s hired to train an army for an epic battle.” This new footage sells the film’s action angle quite hard, while also revealing that Johnson won’t be denied a few entertaining quips here and there. I’m a big fan of Johnson, but I’m finding it hard to get excited about Hercules. The phrases “Inspired” and “Directed by Brett Ratner” don’t exactly go together, but I was hoping for at least some sense of something new or interesting here. Johnson’s charisma goes a long way, though, so hopefully his presence makes the pic worthwhile.
Hit the jump to watch the new Hercules TV spot. The film also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, Rufus Sewell, Robert Maillet, and Irina Shayk. Hercules opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 25th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Hercules:
Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ film HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics’ Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, HERCULES. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and Academy Award®-nominee John Hurt.