April Fool’s Day is always tricky. One never knows what’s real or simply a prank. At first glance, I thought this was a joke, but it seems legitimate. Unless of course, FOX and Kellan Lutz went to extreme lengths to punk everyone.
The network announced a new one-hour unscripted challenge series for the ultimate weekend warrior. Four men and four women each episode will test their their bodies and brains in three ultimate challenges that ask nothing more than for them to hit the BULLSEYE- literally. At the end, the last person standing walks away (if they still can get on their feet) $50,000 richer.
“I am a huge fan of extreme sports, and for me, nothing beats an adrenaline rush, which is why I am so excited to host this series,” Lutz said in a statement. “I love the concept of physicality and strategy combined with the most awesome challenges that will blow your mind. I am looking forward to watching these competitors push themselves out of their comfort zones and I’ll be on the sidelines cheering them on.”
Comedian Godfrey co-hosts alongside Lutz. Bullseye debuts on Wednesday, May 27. Check out the promo below where individuals transform themselves literally into human cannonballs. It’s Wipeout meets Fear Factor meets American Ninja Warrior.
In the last trailer, Kellan Lutz uttered a couple of lines if that. Keeping in line with the studio’s marketing strategy, the focus is on Lutz’s physical assets and the talking left to a minimum in the new clip. He’s wielding a sword, mud wrestling with another buff guy and flexing his muscles in every scene, but only a couple of one-liners. I’m starting to think Lutz ends up speaking less in this clip than Marlee Matlin did in her Oscar-winning performance in Children of Lesser God.
Oh, and as a side note, it appears the title of the movie has changed again. It’s now The Legend of Hercules, instead of Hercules: The Legend Begins and Hercules 3D before that.
In the epic origin story THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero — the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.
Opening Jan. 10, 2014, The Legend of Hercules also stars Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Liam Garrigan and Spartacus: War of the Damned star Liam McIntyre. Check out the latest piece of Kellan eye candy below.
No joke. In the two minute-long clip, Kellan Lutz utters just one line and it occurs about halfway through. All the dialogue is left for the supporting players to deliver. I’m not sure it bodes well when the title character is practically mute. However, I’m not complaining about all the eye candy Lutz is serving. Dude is looking extremely jacked in the new trailer. If you like 300, Gladiator and Spartacus, I’m sure the Renny Harlin-directed film will be up your alley.
Set in Ancient Greece, Hercules who is born out of wedlock, must choose between following his destiny or his true love, the Princess of Crete (Gaia Weiss). Just one slight problem. She’s been promised to his own brother. Because of his feelings, his stepfather sells him into slavery.Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land. It’s all so Herculean ;)
Hercules: The Legend Begins hits theaters on January 10, 2014. A competing Hercules film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also due out next year in July. It’s interesting that not much from that film has surfaced online. Things that make you go hmmm. Check out the new trailer below.
If the teaser wasn’t enough to sell Kellan Lutz as the ideal Hercules, the full-length trailer will definitely prove it. The 28-year-old actor lives up to the titular title character and then some. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson better bring it on his rival project, titled Hercules: The Thracian Wars also hitting theaters next year.
The new trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins debuted at New York Comic Con over the weekend. The longer clip introduces the love aspect of the action film. In addition to kick some major ass in the gladiator-looking arena, Hercules has to wrestle with the predicament that the woman he loves (Hebe, the Princess of Crete) is promised to his own brother. Hercules: The Legend Begins hits theaters May 2014. Check out the clip below.
Hercules: The Legend Begins is leaps and bounds better than Hercules 3D, don’t you think? The previous title was such a cop out. Thankfully, director Renny Harlin changed his mind. With that being said, he’s a tad optimistic with the new name. “Begins” somewhat implies following films might happen. He better keep his fingers crossed that the film isn’t a Herculean failure. Pun intended.
The full trailer for Hercules: The Legend Begins debuts at New York Comic Con this Saturday. However, a teaser trailer with an introduction by Kellan Lutz has premiered prior. Based on the first look, the film could pass for a Gladiator prequel instead of a film about the Demigod. Lutz is serving Russell Crowe realness while fighting for survival in a skirt at some sort of gladiator-style arena. The action fantasy film is planned for March 2014.
Hoping Harlin’s Hercules flick bombs is Brett Ratner. He’s also directing a rival project, titled Hercules: The Thracian Wars about the son of Zeus. His version stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the lead role and premieres July 25. Check out Harlin and Lutz’s preview below.
Last week, I posed the question asking if Kellan Lutz is the sexiest Hercules ever. The response on the site, Twitter, our Facebook page and other social media platforms was a resounding “yes.” Can’t say that I blame all of you. His smoking body definitely makes up for any acting shortcomings he has. In his defense, the Twilight films didn’t exactly allow him to flex his thespian talents. Thankfully, his muscles are the only thing moviegoers want to see flexed when they fork over money for the 3D flick.
In hopes of further distancing Hercules 3D from the other Hercules film in production starring Dwayne Johnson, director Renny Harlin revealed his Lutz-led film is more Gladiator and less fantasy. Based on recently-released movie stills, Harlin’s claims are true. Lutz is serving major Russell Crowe Gladiator realness. Check out the images below.
I’m thinking yes. Whether you’re fans of Kevin Sorbo in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Ryan Gosling in Young Hercules or even Tate Donovan’s voice in Disney’s animated film, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with my sentiment. Even though he looks more like a gladiator instead of a demigod in his Hercules 3D costume, Kellan Lutz looks pretty damn fine. Speaking of gladiators, that’s exactly what director Renny Harlin intended. Here’s what he told recently to Crave Online:
“Even I saw Hercules as this giant guy, but the powers that he harnesses, it’s not like he’s throwing bears into the sky or really fighting off any of the monsters like Clash of the Titans or anything like that,” he continues. “It’s really just Gladiator pretty much.”
Harlin also revealed he instructed Kellan not to get bigger, but just to get his abs to pop more. After all, it is in 3D. Despite his advice, Lutz reportedly packed on a staggering 20 lbs of muscle to play the son of Zeus. Check him out wielding a sword in his gladiator-like skirt below.
Surfing around this lazy Saturday, I stumbled upon these three entertainment stories that I missed sharing this week. Instead of doing separate posts, I decided to bundle them all up. Enjoy.
While I wrote about Kellan Lutz’s new ad campaign, I neglected to share that the Twilight veteran landed a huge role. The 28-year-old has been tapped to play Hercules in the upcoming big budget action flick Hercules 3D.
Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) is directing the film which begins shooting in Bulgaria in May. I expect Harlin to fully exploit Lutz’s Greek-like body. After all, he did direct The Covenant starring Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Chace Crawford and Sebastian Stan. I’m sure I’m not the only homo who was in heat during those swimming scenes. Too much hotness for one film.
“It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history,” Renny Harlin told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview, “and Kellan has exactly that, personality. He’s not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart.”