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No, not that Hercules film, the other one. Renny Harlin's 'Hercules 3D' has just cast Kellan Lutz ('Twilight') as the legendary Greek demigod. The $70 million epic will be Millennium's answer to 'Hercules: The Thracian Wars' being helmed by Brett Ratner for Paramount/MGM. It appears that 'Hercules 3D' will focus on the love story between Hercules and the princess of Crete, who despite her affections for Herc was promised to his older brother. The script was written by Sean Hood, Giulio Steve, and Harlin himself. Here's what Harlin had to say on the casting of Lutz...
"It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history — and Kellan has exactly that, personality. He's not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart."
Uh, Renny? You do know you're talking about Kellen Lutz, right? I'm just checking because you did say personality. My only thought here is that perhaps Harlin was also driven mad by a jealous Hera. Poor casting choices aside, here again is an example of Millennium competing with a near identical project at another studio. We just saw their 'Olympus Has Fallen,' which they intentionally bumped up so its release would precede 'White House Down.' I would like to say that there is a clear-cut favorite in this race, as Ratner's Hercules film has Dwayne Johnson. However, it is is possible that the residual popularity of the 'Twilight' movies may give Ratner's project a run for his money. Also, both films are being directed by total schlock merchants, so it's not as if I expect either one to be constructed immensely better than the other. Right now, I'm leaning heavily toward the Renny Harlin version. I may have a great distaste for 'Twilight,' which is to say I definitely do, but even so I feel it is the objectively more promising project. That's not to say that Ratner is a more competent director than Harlin, but The Rock might, just might, have more personality than Kellan Lutz.
What do you guys think? Do you think Lutz is the right choice for Hercules? Will you see both movies? If not, which one will you see?