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'Twilight' Star Kellan Lutz to Head Up 'Hercules' — How Will He Compare to Kevin Sorbo and Ryan Gosling?

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Apr 05, 2013 | 11:36am EDT

Kellan Lutz as Hercules

As you’ll recall from the 1990s, Hercules possessed a strength the world had never seen, a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart. He was a man who longed to find his place in the world, the father he never knew. He was a man accredited with putting the “glad” in “gladiator,” and whose daring deeds were great the-a-tre. Yes, there have been many Herculi from which to choose, and the realm is ever widening: while Brett Ratner’s Hercules movie trudges on through development with Dwayne Johnson as the demigod hero, a rival project over at Nu Image/Millennium has slated the Twilight Saga’s young Kellan Lutz with the role.

The Hollywood Reporter attaches Lutz, who is also slated to star in Tarzan, to Hercules 3D, a film by Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin, adding Emmett Cullen to the long like of actors to portray the mythical superhuman. But how exactly will Lutz measure up to the great men who've taken on the character in the past?

Kellan Lutz
Developing Hercules 3D movie
Height: 6 feet 3 ½ inches
Greatest Feat of Heroism: Yet to be determined.

Kevin Sorbo
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Greatest Feats of Heroism: Fending off snake monsters and Xena crossovers.

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Tate Donovan
Disney's animated Hercules movie
Height: 6 feet (although it kind of doesn't matter)
Greatest Feat of Heroism: "Zero to Hero" has been in my head for about 16 years now.

Ryan Gosling
Young Hercules TV series
Height: 6 feet
Greatest Feat of Heroism: That mug.

Dwayne Johnson
Brett Ratner's developing Hercules movie
Height: 6 feet 3 ½ inches
Greatest Feat of Heroism: TBA, but there'll probably be a "That's gonna leave a mark!" quip in there somewhere.

Jamal Mixon
The kid from the "Hercules, Hercules!" scene in Nutty Professor
Height: Unknown
Greatest Feat of Heroism: Provoking everyone in your middle school class to say "Hercules, Hercules!" for about seven months.

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[Photo Credit: John Lamparski/Getty Images for Bloomingdales; Disney; Universal Pictures; Studios USA(2)]


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