You probably already knew that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has signed on to play Hercules in Brett Ratner’s upcoming film about the son of Zeus, but today we’ve learned who’ll be donning the sword and sandals in Renny Harlin’s rival production, Hercules 3D.
Twilight actor Kellan Lutz has landed the lead in Nu Image’s take on the mythological hero – and while he’s not anywhere near as ripped as the Rock, director Renny Harlin says size is irrelevant.
“It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history — and Kellan has exactly that, personality. He's not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart."
While that might be true on some levels, if I’m given the choice between the Rock and Kellan Lutz I’m going with the Rock 10 times out of 10. No offense to Lutz, but Hercules is a big, buff dude who’s the strongest man around. I don't buy that when I look at Lutz.
Of course, this casting might work – because it appears that Harlin’s film will focus on the romance between the son of Zeus and “the mortal princess of Crete, who has been promised to his older brother.” We’re sure Harlin and company will work some action into that, but maybe his take is looking to be a little more story-focused than just mindless action. We don’t know for sure, because the script details are being kept secret. Another thing working in Lutz's favor? He's already got mythological experience: the actor played Poseidon in Tarsem Singh's The Immortals.
Can Kellan Lutz pull this off? Is he big enough to play a convincing Hercules? Are we going to have another giant-sized debate a la Jason Momoa as Conan? Only time will tell. Start the discussion by weighing in on all this Hercules news in the comment section.