The Rock gets his rage ON in first official Hercules: The Thracian Wars stills

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Feb 23, 2021, 5:50 PM EST (Updated)

While we wait with bated breath for a peek at the first trailer for Brett Ratner's take on the Hercules: The Thracian Wars graphic novel, we have two official pics of the Rock getting his rage on in the titular role of the demigod.

The two pics come courtesy of USA Today ahead of the trailer’s release this coming Tuesday, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.

Here’s what Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who believes he was born to play the role, had to say about a particular scene that made him feel like the famous Greek hero and son of Zeus:

"It's when Hercules breaks through the chains and becomes the demi-god he was born to be," he tells the site. "I was actually yelling with all the power I could muster, 'I am Hercules!' I gave it my all and made myself pass out every time we did it. But I honestly felt in that moment that I was born to play this role."

Below’s the blurb for the upcoming flick:

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.

The Thracian Wars is the second Hercules flick to come out this year. Back in January, The Legend of Hercules — directed by Renny Harlin — was released in theaters and barely made a wave. Let’s see if the Rock can be enough of a draw to make Hercules: The Thracian Wars a better success.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Aksel Hennie, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson and Tobias Santelmann, Hercules: The Thracian Wars will hit theaters with a bolt of lightning on July 25.

(USA Today via Comic Book Movie)