Hercules set (header)

After years of trying, Brett Ratner is finally getting his chance to bring a legendary Greek hero to life. Production is currently underway on Hercules, based on Steve Moore‘s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

With the release date still a year away, it’s unlikely we’ll get to see real footage any time soon. But thanks to star Dwayne Johnson, we have our first peek at some of the props and costumes, along with the set. Hit the jump to check out the images.

Johnson has been steadily posting updates from the production to his Twitter account (via First Showing). The first couple show the star in the hair and makeup trailer.

The actor has also expressed his gratitude to the film’s designers by showing off their work.

The most revealing image so far is this one of Johnson in costume and on set. Unfortunately, he has his back to the camera here so we don’t get a good look at the character. But it’s obvious that, with arms bigger than most people’s legs and legs bigger than most people’s waists, Johnson looks appropriately beefy.

The man sitting across from him in the photo appears to be Headhunters star Aksel Hennie, who plays Hercules’ ally Tydeus. Though it’s tough to tell from this angle.

Written by Ryan Condal and rewritten by Evan Spiliotopoulos, follows Hercules as he and his band of mercenaries as they tackle their trickiest job yet, which forces Hercules to reconsider his own life and beliefs. Unlike the Hercules of myth, Ratner’s version has no divine heritage — he’s just an ordinary mortal with a reputation so fearsome, it’s downright legendary.

Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewell, John Hurt, Peter MullanReece RitchieTobias SantelmannIngrid Bolsø Berdal, and Rebecca Ferguson also star in the sword-and-sandal epic. Hercules opens July 25, 2014.

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