Fantasy epic casts its villain as production begins.

Norwegian stars Tobias Santelmann (‘Kon-Tiki,’ ‘Stikk’) and Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,’ ‘Chernobyl Diaries’) are to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in the graphic novel adaptation ‘Hercules.’

Santelmann will be taking the role of the film’s villain, while Berdal is playing the lead female.

The action fantasy epic is based on Steve Moore’s graphic novel ‘Hercules: The Thracian Wars’ and sees Johnson playing the eponymous hero, who, after renouncing his mythological origins, is now living in exile, fighting as a mercenary for hire alongside his loyal but weary comrades.

Along with five faithful companions, Hercules 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.

Filming is currently underway in Budapest with Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Aksel Hennie, Rebecca Ferguson and Reece Ritchie co-starring.

Brett Ratner is behind the camera directing from a script by Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos.