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Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell and Joseph Fiennes join Hercules

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Story by Jack Foley

GOLDEN Globe-winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson (The BBC’s The White Queen), Aksel Hennie (Headhunters) and Academy Award®-nominee John Hurt have joined the cast of Dwayne Johnson’s Hercues.

Based on Radical Studio’s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth set in a grounded world where the supernatural does not exist. The screenplay is by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos.

Shooting is due to commence in May with Brett Ratner directing.

Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group, commented: “We are thrilled to surround Dwayne with an ensemble cast featuring legendary actors as well as some of the finest emerging talents working today. We are anxious to get production underway on what promises to be a high-action film that works around the globe.”

Hercules marks the reinvigorated MGM’s second original project, in addition to the previously announced film The Machine with Vin Diesel scheduled to begin production later this year.

The studio has several films slated for release this year including another Paramount partnership with GI Joe: Retaliation set for release March 28, Carrie with Sony’s Screen Gems due October 18 and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with New Line/Warner Bros. set for December 13.

Hercules will be distributed by Paramount Pictures on August 1, 2014.

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