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The movie formerly known as Hercules 3D has been rechristened Hercules: The Legend Begins, though a brand new trailer does little to distinguish it.

Kellan Lutz stars as the titular -- and taciturn, apparently -- character, the half-god, half-man whose origin story will be told. The great Scott Adkins also stars, along with Liam McIntyre, from TV's Spartacus. Renny Harlin directed; the trailer drenches the action in color tinting that's strongly reminiscent of Zack Snyder's 300, a notion that's reinforced with the extreme slow-motion jabs and thrusts.

This is one of two Hercules movies due out next year. The other one stars Dwayne Johnson and is directed by Brett Ratner, and reportedly has a much bigger budget, but obviously that's no guarantee of success. Last year, the lower-budgeted 'president in peril' flick Olympus Has Fallen got into theaters a few months before the similar White House Down and took the lion's share of the box office market for presidential thrillers.

That could happen again. While the other Hercules is aiming for a July 25 release, Hercules: The Legend Begins is hustling to get into theaters on January 10.

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  • That One Guy

    Is it me or does is there something wrong with the audio in this video?
    Anyways, this trailer is confusingly bad.

  • Hmm, I just watched it again and it looked and sounded as it should. Perhaps a browser compatibility issue? Which one are you using?

    p.s. I've watched the trailer several times in all, and it seems like it was cut solely to make it look like 300, without regard to story.

  • Fistacuffs

    This movie just looks terrible.

  • Bos

    Oh man this looks so retarded....in so many ways...

  • adai

    Well, what can I say. Not great but not bad. Twilight female fans will go to see it
    I guess.

  • Will Schuster

    I really want Harlin to make another great action epic, but it appears this isn't it.

  • Qinlong

    His recent 5 DAYS OF WAR was not an action film, but it was a pretty solid "war journalism" film.

  • Yes. Plus it had several very good action sequences in it, which gives me confidence that he can still pull off something very good.

  • Agree. I think another great action epic is still within his capabilities and skill set, but he needs the right elements to come together to make that happen. And that combination hasn't happened for him in years.

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