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Kellan Lutz for Renny Harlin's Hercules 3D

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER Twilight star Kellan Lutz has landed the lead role in Renny Harlin’s epic Hercules 3D.

Harlin, of Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2 fame, is directing the $70 million epic, which is due to start shooting in Bulgaria in May.

The director told The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”

Exact plot details remain under wraps but Hercules 3D is believed to focus on a love story between the son of Zeus and the mortal princess of Crete, who was promised to his older brother despite her love for Hercules.

Executive producer Boaz Davidson added: “Kellan has the look and charisma that Harlin envisioned for the character. Renny had him in mind from the start and we are really excited to have him on board.”

Ironically (or not when you consider how Hollywood sometimes moves), Hercules 3D is one of two high-profile Hercules movies being made right now. The second is being directed by Brett Ratner and stars Dwayne Johnson.

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