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New Featurette, TV Spot & Images Of Dwayne Johnson In Brett Ratner's 'Hercules'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
July 18, 2014 1:06 PM
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After a decade-long quest, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is finally a fully-flung movie star: he's helped elevate sequels in the "Fast & Furious," "Journey" and "G.I. Joe" franchises to be significantly more successful than their predecessors. But so far, the actor's standalone actioners haven't had the same level of success, with movies like "Faster" and "Snitch" disappointing, and "Empire State" failing to even get a theatrical release.

But studios are betting on him more than ever: next year, he'll headline earthquake disaster tentpole "San Andreas," but first up, he's got a prime summer slot for solo swords-and-sandals picture "Hercules." Directed by Brett Ratner (natch), the film sees Johnson embrace his destiny and play the legendary Greek hero of the title.

Co-starring Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Joe Anderson, Peter Mullan and Askel Hennie, the film's finally hitting theaters next week, and to gear up, Paramount have released a bunch of new images, a featurette and a TV spot for the film. The featurette is the pick of the bunch, focusing on the supporting cast and their unique fighting styles, and we'll say this: the action does look satisfyingly crunchy. But then again, the studio are reportedly keeping this from critics until the last possible minute, so maybe don't get your hopes up too high. The film opens next Friday, July 25th.

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  • Alphabet | July 18, 2014 3:43 PMReply

    So Alan Moore (admittedly no friend to Hollywood) is calling for a boycott of this film, based on the facts that his (now deceased) friend Steve Moore - who wrote the graphic novel serving as basis for this flick - was not compensated at all financially for the movie and is now having his name used to promote it, directly against his wishes.

    Said Steve Moore before his death, "So, I’m not getting anything out of this. The only thing I am glad of is that apparently they’re not putting my name on it. Because it sounds like it’s going to be idiotic shit”.

    More at Bleeding Cool...
    2014/07/17/alan-moore-calls-for-boycott-of-wretched-film-hercules-on-behalf-of-friend-steve-moore/

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | July 19, 2014 3:41 AM

    Honestly, what DOESN'T Moore boycott these days?

    Setting that aside, this is typical of Hollywood's marketing tactics. That doesn't excuse it in any way but it's not surprising this is how they're handling it in the least.

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