BURBANK, CA–After the recent release of Thor: Love and Thunder, Disney and Marvel have announced their natural next step. In the tradition of live-action remakes, Disney will produce a remake of 1997’s Hercules, which will also be set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As revealed during the credits of Love and Thunder, Brett Goldstein will portray the titular Hercules, with Russell Crowe reprising his role as Zeus. While Guy Ritchie had been announced as director, the enthusiastic critical reception of Thor: Love and Thunder has led Disney to give the project to Taika Waititi instead. “We’re trying to make this our own thing while still honoring the previous Hercules movie,” Waititi told Marvelous Movies in an interview. “That is, the 1997 animated one–not the 2014 one with The Rock. I mean, who wants to see him in an upcoming superhero movie?“
Waititi’s Hercules will be a musical, in keeping with the Disney original, and will be “even goofier than the animated version,” the controversial director promised. “We’re really trying to go the distance with this one. And that’s the gospel truth!”
Hercules already boasts a stellar supporting cast as well. In keeping with the time-honored tradition of Batman actors playing Marvel villains, Robert Pattinson will play Hades. Beloved actress Amber Heard has been cast as Hercules’s love interest, Megara. Danny DeVito will return for a live-action portrayal of Hercules’s mentor, Phil the satyr, needing no additional costuming or make-up for the role.
Disney and Marvel’s Hercules is slated for a late 2023 release. Then, fans expect to see Hercules and Thor go head-to-head in 2024 in Thor 5: Clash of the Titans. Waititi will return to direct.