Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt join star-studded Hercules cast

The Brett Ratner-directed film will also feature Dwayne Johnson, Rufus Sewell and Rebecca Ferguson in a new take on the story of the classic Greek hero

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Brett Ratner’s Hercules is fast assembling an impressive cast list. Fresh from the addition of Rufus Sewell earlier this week, fellow British actors Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt have joined the new adaptation of the classical Greek hero’s story.

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Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson will also be involved in the project which is being led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the eponymous character. 

McShane has been cast as multi-tasking priest, prophet and warrior Amphiarus who serves as Hercules’ councellor, while Sewell will star as Autolycus – the son of the messenger god Hermes. Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie will also appear as axe-wielding maniac Tydeus with character details for the remaining cast members still unknown.

Based on Radical Studio’s graphic novel ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars’ the film will renounce the classical hero’s mythological origins as the son of Zeus, portraying him instead as a mortal mercenary with a fearsome reputation. Tasked by the Thracian king to train his men for an upcoming battle, Hercules is forced to question everything he once believed, including what he knows of his past.

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The project is set to begin shooting in Budapest in May before arriving in cinemas in July 2014.