Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) looks set to appear in Brett Ratner's forthcoming adaptation of Hercules, Collider.com have reported. The movie will be an adaptation of Steve Moore's graphic novel, Hercules: the Thracian Wars, and the script will be written by Ryan Condal, who wrote the screenplay for Paradise Lost (expected 2013). The director, Brett Ratner, has previously directed films such as Tower Heist, X-Men: The Last Stand.
Dwayne Johnson, who is also lined up to play the role of Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and has been rumored to snatch the title role in Goliath, and now he'll be taking on the Herculean task of playing the mercenary god who "turned his back on the gods following the loss of family, finding solace only in battle." Collider cite Johnson's "unending charm" and ability to "do badass like nobody's business" as the factors that make him the perfect choice for the role. Johnson's career certainly seems to be gathering pace at the moment; he's also scheduled to appear in Michael Bay's Pain and Gain, alongside Mark Wahlberg and will also appear in yet another Fast and Furious franchise release.
Brett Ratner was originally intended to direct this year's Oscars, which take place this Sunday (February 26, 2012). However, the opportunity was taken away from him after he was recorded making homophobic remarks in a question and answer session about one of his films. His co-host, Eddie Murphy promptly stepped down, unwilling to take on the job without his pal. The pair were replaced by the actor Billy Crystal who has good form for Oscars presenting, though he's not actually done the job for eight years.