Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and Rebecca Ferguson have all joined the "Hercules" project at MGM-Paramount.
Based on the Radical Studios graphic novel, Brett Ratner helms the project which plans to take a more "grounded" approach to the classic Greek hero and ditch the supernatural and Greek mythological aspects.
in this story, Hercules is a mortal with a fearsome reputation. He leads a team of mercenaries on a job where all is ominously not what it appears.
McShane will play Amphiarus, part priest, part prophet and part warrior who is Hercules' counselor. Aksel Hennie and Rufus Sewell also star.
Beau Flynn, Barry Levine and Ratner are producing the film which begins shooting this May in Budapest.