Brett Ratner Casts Dwayne Johnson as Hercules

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attends the WrestleMania XXVII press conference at Hard Rock Cafe New York on March 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) Photo: Mike Coppola/2011 Getty Images

Dwayne Johnson may be a Johnny-come-lately to several other franchises, but when it comes to striking out on his own, he sticks to his literal strengths. In addition to Michael Bay's about-to-shoot bodybuilder movie Pain and Gain, Variety reports that The Rock has entered talks with Brett Ratner to star in Hercules, where he'd play the ultra-buff son of Zeus. (Johnson was also in the mix last year to play another mythical muscleman in a big-screen version of the "David and Goliath" tale, which would have starred Taylor Lautner.) Jesse Eisenberg must be so crushed to have lost this one!