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Aksel Hennie joins Dwayne Johnson's Hercules


Story by Jack Foley

AKSEL Hennie, the star of acclaimed Norwegian thriller Headhunters, is heading to Hollywood.

The actor has joined Dwayne Johnson movie Hercules, the MGM-Paramount co-production based on the Radical Studios graphic novel.

Brett Ratner is directing the movie, which reportedly grounds the classic hero and ditches the supernatural.

Hence, rather than making Hercules the son of Zeus, he will be a mortal with a fearsome reputation who leads a team of mercenaries on a job where all ominously is not what it appears.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hennie will play Tydeus, a warrior devoted to Hercules who wields twin axes.

He is so ferocious that he needs to be chained up at night when he sleeps.

Hennie has been fiercely in demand ever since Headhunters became a global hit. He recently completed his English-language debut in The Last Knights alongside Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, while his latest Scandinavian production, Pioneer, also attracted American actors Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang.

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