Dwayne Johnson has been a busy man lately, with Pumping Iron, G.I.Joe: Retaliation, and Fast and Furious 6 in the can, plus talking about his desire to possibly star in a spin-off of his character in Fast and Furious, his wish to star in a future Star Wars movie or play a superhero in a movie from DC or Marvel , and even a future Expendables. A nice geek wish list, but next on his agenda (of movies already greenlit) is Brett Ratner's Hercules, based on the graphic novel Herules: Thracian Wars.
I was born to play Hercules. I have loved and honored the mythology over the years – since I was a kid. When I first broke into Hollywood, Hercules was one of the movies that I, not chased, because I didn’t have the power to chase anything, but always had in the back of my mind. Everything happens for a reason, and it’s come back around full circle. Hold on, check this out…[fumbles around in his pocket for his phone, take it out and searches through it] So this was me last week with the director and all of the producers, slipping into character and becoming Hercules [shows picture of him in character, which features him with long hair hanging over his face, looking somber, and wearing a tattered shirt]. That will give you the idea of the type of movie we want to make and the definitive version of Hercules that we want. It’s going to be darker in tone, based on the awesome graphic novel. It’s full-on. We talked about, for example, the mythology of G.I. Joe, but here’s a mythology we have to honor and respect, and in doing so we’re bringing in big writers, and we based it off a much darker graphic novel. There’s tragedy and there’s pain, and in respecting the mythology of Hercules you find that he lives in pain and he lives in tragedy, and lives not to accept his fate or faith, until he finally does and it becomes a powerful moment. So yeah, we’re ready.