The Knight’s Tale star Rufus Sewell is the latest actor to be added to Brett Ratner‘s upcoming take on Hercules in which Dwayne Johnson will play the titular legend.
With eyes to die for, Sewell is set to play Autolycus in MGM and Paramount Pictures’ action adventure based on the two Hercules series ‘The Thracian Wars’ and ‘The Knives of Kush’ from Radical Publishing.
Autolycus was previously portrayed as a comic thief by Bruce Campbell in Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
The script was adapted by relative newcomer Ryan Condal.
Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie has recently joined the cast, and will play Tydeus, described as ‘a warrior devoted to Hercules who wields twin axes and is such a madman that he needs to be chained up at night when he sleeps.’
Hercules has been moved up from August 8th, 2014 and is now slated to hit theaters July 25th, 2014.
‘The Thracian Wars’ is officially described as the following:
Fourteen-hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules, powerful son of the god king Zeus, received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and the presence of death. These men and woman never question where, why, or whom they go to fight; only how much they will be paid. Knowing this, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. Hercules begins to question King Cotys’ motives when he takes his army out to battle and sees them practice on innocent men, women, and children of their neighbors. Deep in his soul something stirs, but is it enough to stop a mad king and his army of the damned from marching across Greece – or even Olympus itself?!