delivers the latest breaking news of the casting, saying that Aksel Hennie
, the star of the Norwegian thriller Headhunters, has joining Dwayne Johnson
Hennie will play a key supporting role in the upcoming Brett Ratner
film, a character named Tydeus, Hercules’ fellow warrior who ‘wields twin axes and is such a madman that he needs to be chained up at night when he sleeps.’
Adapted by Ryan Condal
and Evan Spiliotopoulos
from Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya’s Radical Studios graphic novel ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars,’ this blockbuster will see The Rock not as the son of Zeus, but rather a mortal, albeit powerful man who agrees to help the Thracian king whip his army into fighting shape.
Ratner is gearing up to shoot this summer for an August 2014 release date.
Hennie recently made his English-language debut in The Last Knights
, which stars Morgan Freeman
and Clive Owen
, while his latest Scandinavian production, the Erik Skjoldbjærg
-directed thriller Pioneer
, co-starring Wes Bentley
and Stephen Lang
was sold to Magnolia Pictures for the U.S. at Berlin’s EFM last week.
‘The Thracian Wars’ is officially described as follows:
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?!