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Dwayne Johnson to play Hercules

hollywood Updated: Mar 07, 2012 18:33 IST
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The star of the hit sequel Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Dwayne Johnson has signed on to star as Hercules in an action adventure, according to a report in Variety.

A adaptation by producer Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, depicts the character as he turns into "a mercenary who turned his back on the gods following the loss of his family, finding solace only in battle."

Production is scheduled to begin in October in New Zealand.

It was also announced on March 5 that Johnson will star in Cuidad, based on another graphic novel that is being co-written by the film's directors, Joe and Anthony Russo (You, Me And Dupree), with Ande Parks.

The action thriller is about a black market mercenary working for a Brazilian drug lord to rescue his kidnapped daughter.Johnson will next be seen in G.I. Joe: Retaliation this summer with Channing Tatum (The Vow) and Bruce Willis.

Also on the actor's docket is Fast Six, the follow up to Furious Five from the Fast and Furious franchise starring Vin Diesel, and Michael Bay‘s crime drama Pain and Gain with Mark Wuhlberg (The Fighter).