Back in November, it was confirmed that Dwayne Johnson will star in director Brett Ratner's Hercules for MGM and Paramount. While promoting his upcoming movie Snitch, Dwayne Johnson revealed that playing this mythical character has always been a dream of his, a dream that will come true later this year when they start production.

"We have some movies getting ready to come out, but the next shoot, I'm really excited about, a passion project I've had now on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood, over 15 years now, Hercules. I can't wait. We're going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I've been preparing for this role now for the good part of a year."

The actor also spoke about his admiration for the character, dating back to his days as a child.

"Understand, for me when I was a kid, Hercules was always a hero of mine, from Steve Reeves to the multiple guys who have played Hercules, but the idea and the notion of this man. When I first got into movies, I thought, 'Gosh, I would love to do that one day.' I always thought that the version of Hercules that I want to play was one that was more dramatic and survived in barren lands and not necessarily slick in any way or anything like that. It's been around and been on my mind for some time."

Brett Ratner is directing from a script by Ryan Condal (Paradise Lost), adapted from the Radical Publishing comic book series' The Thracian Wars and The Knives of Kush by Steve Moore and Chris Boslin.