In 2020 Disney announced another live-action reboot of one of their most successful movies of all time, Hercules. The original animated movie, which came out in 1997, was a success for Disney. Just like its other animated films, Hercules also did good business for the studio.
Now that Disney has had live-action reboots of many films, Hercules is next in line. Guy Ritchie is directing the film. Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo are producing the film under their production company AGBO. The screenwriter of films like Shangchi and The Legend of Ten Rings is also working on the film.
Fans Want Danny DeVito to Play Philoctetes in Hercules
Disney has not announced the cast of the film yet. However, there is an actor that fans do not want to replace. Actor Danny DeVito, who voiced the character of Philoctetes in the original animated Hercules, left quite an impression on the viewers.
Now that Disney has announced a live-action reboot of Hercules, fans are asking for the actors to be in the movie.
Danny DeVito also said something about his appearing in the move. During Wired’s latest Autocomplete Interview, DaVito came across a question, “Will Danny Davito be in live-action Hercules? ”
Seeing the question the actor said, “I am the live-action Hercules.” He further said,” What are you talking about? Philoctetes. If they don’t put me in that, they don’t have a hair on their a***.”
Danny Devito’s Second Appearance in Disney Live-Action Films
The film producers have not announced the cast of the film yet, but Danny DeVito would be a great choice to portray his original character in Hercules. The actor is well known for his role in movies like Taxi, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Batman Returns, and so much more. For the rest of the cast of Hercules, fans have come up with their fan casting, but nothing is confirmed for now.
If Danny DeVito gets the role of Philoctetes in the original film, it would be his second appearance in Disney’s live-action films. Earlier, he appeared in Disney’s 2019 Dumbo. He played the role of Maximillian, the owner of the Medici Brothers circus, based on the ringmaster of the original film.
Will Disney Bring Back Some of the Original Cast?
Disney however has not cast actors from their original films to play the same character. The only case of such happening till now is of Frank Walker and James Earl Jones.
Both actors returned to play their roles in the live-action Aladdin and The Lion King. Walker voiced the character of Abu, Aladdin’s monkey, and Jones voiced the character of Mufasa.
Disney may have not announced their cast yet, fans have come out with their cast who would they like in the movie. Fans have speculated that Tom Holland would most likely play Hercules.
The rest of the fan cast for the film is Ariana Grande as Megara, John Hamm as Hades, Marc Maron as Phil, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig as Pain and Panic, Vanessa Williams as Calliope, Lizzo as Thalia, and Dwayne Johnson as Zeus.
What New Elements Hercules Reboot Will Have?
Talking about the story and what the movie will portray. It will follow the same story as the original film. However, the producers Anthony and Joe Russo have said that the film is inspired by the original film but will have a modern spin and some new elements to it.
The plot will most likely revolve around Hercules, half-mortal and half god, who has to go through many trials to become worthy of living as a God in Athens. It is also expected that some of the original Hercules songs will be included in the live-action adaptation.
Earlier to this live-action adaptation, a sequel to the original 1997 film was planned in 2006. It was supposed to follow up the events of the first movie. Hercules would be living in Athens with hai wife and daughter.
But when his old friend gets kidnapped Hercules goes on a quest to save him with the help of Greek gods. The movie was later canceled.
There have been no details regarding when the film will be released, but if the production starts quickly, the movie may release by August 2023. Disney has also not confirmed whether it would be the theatrical release or will be streamed on Disney+.