Rufus Sewell Joins Dwayne Johnson in “Hercules”

Rufus Sewell will aid "Hercules."

If you’re doing a big action movie starring an actor who’s more action than acting, well, then, there’s only one thing to do: bring in a Brit to class up the joint. In this case the British actor in question is Rufus Sewell;  Deadline reports he will join the cast of “Hercules.” Dwayne Johnson plays the title character, with Brett Ratner directing. Sewell will play Autolycus.

Ryan Condel wrote the first script, based on the Radical Comics series, and now Evan Spiliotopoulos is doing a rewrite.  Here’s how IMDb describes it:

Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. These men and woman never question where they go to fight or why or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen when they must train an army to become as ruthless and blood thirsty as their reputation has become.

Sewell’s character, Autolycus, was supposed to be the son of Hermes. He seems to have been a bit of a trickster type, known for mischief and thievery. That seems fine for Sewell, who’s played everything from heroes to villains, good kings to bad kings. In addition to his lengthy film resume, Sewell is also a fixture on the British stage and small screen. His upcoming movies include “The Sea” and “The Devil’s Rapture.”

“Hercules” is set to open on July 25, 2014.

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