With one Hercules film, Renny Harlan's The Legend Of Hercules, already been and gone with little box office glory, Ratner and co are hoping for bigger and better things from their own take on the legendary hero.
This take on Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), adapted from the Radical Comics title, finds him as a battle-weary warrior instead of the usual demigod. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules' help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail, he has to become a hero again – and discovers that the real battle will be for his soul.
Making things a little simpler, the 12 labours that define the complicated hero have already been completed by the time this film's action starts, though as you will see from this promo, some are shown in flashback (which explains the giant wild boar). Shot in Budapest and requiring eight months of solid workout time for the Fast & Furious star (2009), it appears less green screen and more red blood.
With Ian McShane (Snow White And The Huntsman), John Hurt (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows), Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Joseph Fiennes (Camelot), Aksel Hennie (Headhunters), Tobias Santelmann (Kon-Tiki), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Joe Anderson (The Grey) and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) in the cast, Hercules will stomp into our cinemas on 25 July.