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A new batch of stills from Hercules have found their way online tonight, offering up a great look at the movie which stars WWE Superstar turned Hollywood’s highest grossing actor, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

As well as an epic new shot of the titular hero (who really looks like he’s been through the wringer), we also get a look at Tobias Santelman as Rhesus and Rufus Sewell as the villainous Autolycus.

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Johnson is quoted as describing Hercules as “the role of a lifetime”, adding: “This is darker, grittier and edgier than people might expect. When we first meet Hercules, he’s been exiled from Athens after being accused of committing a horrific crime. He’s a mercenary who’s lost his faith.”

“He doesn’t believe believe in gods or legends, just in spreading his own legend. But what makes a strong man is a willingness to get better. That and an ability to down a fifth of tequila in one night!”

Based on Radical Comics’ Hercules: The Thracian Wars series, the big screen adaptation will be directed by Brett Ratner and picks up with a slightly older and more experienced Hercules. There’s undoubtedly franchise potential here, especially with a star like The Rock in the titular role.

You can see the latest action-packed trailer for Hercules by clicking here.

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Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.

Also starring, Aksel Hennie, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson and Tobias Santelmann, Hercules is set to hit theaters July 25th, 2014.