Dwayne Johnson makes one hell of a Hercules. At least that’s what we can gather from the recently released trailer for Brett Ratner‘s Hercules. The trailer debuted yesterday at CinemaCon where Johnson himself screened the clip for members of the press. The trailer has now arrived online. Check it out:

Ratner’s Hercules is an adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Tracian Wars, which tells the story of Hercules before he became a hero/legend. Here’s the trailer:

The trailer does a good job building up suspense, but it still looks pretty cheesy (though this is just the first trailer). Johnson goes up against a bunch of giant beasts – there’s a lion, three-headed sea-monster, giant boar – and does a whole lot of screaming. But at least he gets to talk in his own movie, unlike the other guy who played Hercules in that other movie right? And, as far as effects and performances go, Ratner’s film does look a lot more interesting/exciting. Also, let’s not forget he doesn’t really deal with these sort of movies – mythological epics.  Here’s an official sysnopses of the film:

“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.”

Hercules opens on July 25. The film also stars Joseph Fiennes, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Rebecca Ferguson, Aksel Hennie and John Hurt.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited to see Dwayne Johnson play Hercules?

[via /Film]