More good news for Disney fans: the entertainment company has announced plans have been set in motion for a live-action Hercules movie.
And not only that, but the remake of the 1997 animation – inspired by Greek mythology – will be headed by Avengers filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo, according to Variety.
The pair, who directed Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, will produce the project, while Dave Callaham (Zombieland: Double Tap, Wonder Woman 1984) is set to write the script. A director hasn’t yet been named.
The original Hercules musical fantasy film was a loose retelling of the Greek hero myth, with the titular half-man half-god forced to live among mortals.
Voiced by Tate Donovan, Hercules finds himself fighting titans with the help of satyr mentor “Phil” Philoctetes (voiced by Danny DeVito) and Theban princess, Megara (Susan Egan).
A cast hasn’t yet been confirmed, but it could be significant that pop superstar and actress Ariana Grande recently performed Hercules song I Won’t Say (I’m In Love) on The Disney Family Singalong.
Fans have already been making their own casting suggestions, calling for Jeff Goldblum to play Hades and the likes of Jennifer Hudson and Amber Riley to portray the musical muses.
My Hercules live action cast:
Armie Hammer (can't think of anyone else????)
Beyoncé, Amber Riley, Anika Noni Rose, Keke Palmer & Jennifer Hudson.
Jeff Goldblum/Benedict Cumberbatch pic.twitter.com/9jUz2qNtMp
— ???????? ⎊ ???????????? ???????????????????????????? #???????????? (@GivenchyBeystin) April 30, 2020
Can we settle this once and for all? The muses in #Hercules need acting chops and singing chops in EQUAL. MEASURE. (i'm lookin at the hive rn)
I nominate Amber Riley, Jennifer Hudson, Keke Palmer, Teyana Taylor & Yvette Nicole Brown
Envision it. Hear it. It makes sense. pic.twitter.com/7NdHKsLNAX
— The Love-a Issa Right-a On Top-a! ???? (@TheB1ackDaria) April 30, 2020
Since we’re all doing our own fan castings for the Muses. Here’s mine. #Hercules ☺️☺️☺️
Calliope: Jennifer Hudson
Thalia: Amber Riley
Clio: Sheléa Frazier
Terpsichore: Janelle Monae
Melpomene: Kelly Rowland pic.twitter.com/SqoXz2oNmK
— Reparations, thanks (@Mystique_3) May 1, 2020
While there is no indication as to when the live-action film will be released, if you fancy watching the original Hercules, it is now available on streaming service Disney+.
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