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Brett Ratner's Hercules adds Headhunter's star Aksel Hennie

Feb. 21, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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While we've known for awhile that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was set to star as the Greek hero in the HERCULES movie from Brett Ratner, there hasn't been any other casting news until now. The Hollywood Reporter has news that Aksel Hennie (from the Norwegian thriller HEADHUNTERS) has singed on to play Tydeus, "a warrior devoted to Hercules who wields twin axes and is such a madman that he needs to be chained up at night when he sleeps."

I've heard nothing but good things about HEADHUNTERS (still need to see it) and I'm sure Hennie is a fantastic edition. But maybe I'd be more enthusiastic for this project if Brett Ratner wasn't directing. I just feel like he doesn't have a unique enough visual style to set this film apart from other swords and sandals films. I don't need every movie to be over stylized like 300 but I just think Brett Ratner isn't the most original director.

Based on the comics "The Thracian Wars" and "The Knives of Kush", this retelling of Hercules has him as a mortal being and leader of a group of mercenaries. The official synopsis for "The Thracian Wars" is as follows:

Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules, powerful son of the god king Zeus, received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and the presence of death. These men and woman never question where, why, or whom they go to fight; only how much they will be paid. Knowing this, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. Hercules begins to question King Cotys' motives when he takes his army out to battle and sees them practice on innocent men, women, and children of their neighbors. Deep in his soul something stirs, but is it enough to stop a mad king and his army of the damned from marching across Greece - or even Olympus itself?!

HERCULES is scheduled to be released on August 8th, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: Although I liked The Rock when he was on WWE, I became a big fan of his when he first hosted Saturday Night Live in 2000. The dude has some great comedy skills.

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4:10PM on 02/21/2013

Loved Headhunters

Aksel Hennie was great in Headhunters! I'm interested to see what he's like in English language films.
(I wouldn't mind seeing more of Synnove Macody Lund either.)
Aksel Hennie was great in Headhunters! I'm interested to see what he's like in English language films.
(I wouldn't mind seeing more of Synnove Macody Lund either.)
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3:19PM on 02/21/2013
Brett Ratner........ That's enough to keep me away. How does he keep getting projects green-lit and financed?
Brett Ratner........ That's enough to keep me away. How does he keep getting projects green-lit and financed?
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1:48PM on 02/21/2013
I liked Hennie in Headhunters, and he has that a certain crazed, feral look to him that would be aces for a role like this. But my overall disinterest in this project makes this a neutral statement.
I liked Hennie in Headhunters, and he has that a certain crazed, feral look to him that would be aces for a role like this. But my overall disinterest in this project makes this a neutral statement.
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12:58PM on 02/21/2013
Wtf is the point in using "Hercules" if you are just going to make him a normal guy. I want to see a hercules movie where he is basically invincible and stronger than anything. The 90s series had hints of that.
Wtf is the point in using "Hercules" if you are just going to make him a normal guy. I want to see a hercules movie where he is basically invincible and stronger than anything. The 90s series had hints of that.
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11:56AM on 02/21/2013
Hennie is a great actor, quite versatile, he shouldn't waste his talent on the Ratner. Headhunters was a nice film. But the Headhunters the book was better, and I wouldn't mind seeing if a Hollywood film version might work better.
Hennie is a great actor, quite versatile, he shouldn't waste his talent on the Ratner. Headhunters was a nice film. But the Headhunters the book was better, and I wouldn't mind seeing if a Hollywood film version might work better.
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11:36AM on 02/21/2013
Trailer will decide this for me.
Trailer will decide this for me.
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11:06AM on 02/21/2013
The Rock's chances of becoming a REAL action star are dwindling.

I partly blame him & whoever's helping him make decisions. But then I wonder if REAL action flicks are just dwindling away....
The Rock's chances of becoming a REAL action star are dwindling.

I partly blame him & whoever's helping him make decisions. But then I wonder if REAL action flicks are just dwindling away....
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11:24AM on 02/21/2013
Did you read the synopsis? Sounds like a straight up action movie if there ever was one. If playing Hercules won't give you more clout as a REAL action star then I'm not sure what will.
Did you read the synopsis? Sounds like a straight up action movie if there ever was one. If playing Hercules won't give you more clout as a REAL action star then I'm not sure what will.