Ian McShane has boarded , the Dwayne Johnson-starring MGM-Paramount co-production based on a Radical Studios graphic novel. Also joining the big-budget tentpole are Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and Rebecca Ferguson.
Brett Ratner is directing the film, which is taking a more grounded approach to the classic Greek hero and ditches the supernatural. Hercules is portrayed not as the son of Zeus but rather a mortal with a fearsome reputation. He leads a team of mercenaries on a job where all is ominously not what it appears.
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McShane will play Amphiarus, part priest, part prophet and part warrior who is Hercules’ counselor.
Aksel Hennie and Rufus Sewell are already on board as are other members of the team.
Beau Flynn, Barry Levine and Ratner are producing the movie.
McShane is no stranger to big-budget tentpoles, having just appeared in New Line’s and last year in . He famously played Blackbeard in
The actor will next be seen in , a dance comedy that also stars Rashida Jones and Nick Nolte that opens this summer.
McShane is repped by ICM Partners, Gallant Management, Independent and Nelson, Davis, Wetzstein.
The film is eyeing a May production start in Budapest.