To quote The Nutty Professor, “Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!”
There he is, in all his Greek demigod glory, Kellan Lutz as the muscular, mythical Hercules, the titular character in Renny Harlin‘s big-budget Hercules 3D, due in theaters in early 2014.
Lutz, 28, one of the stars of The Twilight Saga, showed off his sculpted physique as he shot scenes for upcoming blockbuster in Bulgaria. Donning a sheathed bottom, armor and a shield, the actor yielded a sword for a fight sequence.
Before filming began, Lutz bulked up his already well-built frame, reportedly adding on about 20 lbs. of muscle to transform into the mythological warrior. And after he had the body, he had to master the moves: Lutz dedicated himself to learning sword fighting, close combat and horseback riding to ready for the stunts.
Hercules 3D is only one of two Hollywood movies being made about Zeus’ half-moral son; Dwayne Johnson is set to play the divine hero in a rival project from directorBrett Ratner.
For more snaps of Lutz on set, scroll through the gallery, above.