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Is Danny DeVito Reprising His Role for Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Adaptation?

Rumors across the Internet-verse say the ‘Matilda’ star has already signed onto the film, while alleged cast considerations include Taron Egerton as Hercules and Henry Cavill.

Whispers throughout the Internet-verse are saying that Danny DeVito, who voiced Phil the rowdy satyr in Disney’s 1997 animated film Hercules, will reprise his role in the live-action adaptation. Sources close to Giant Freakin Robot say that the actor is already officially signed.

Fans have long been campaigning for the diminutive actor’s return, and he does seem the most logical choice. Not only did he give an iconic voice acting performance in the animated film, but the character was modeled in part from DeVito’s features. The actor even called out the Mouse House for not immediately casting him in the role. Also rumored to have joined the cast are Taron Egerton as Hercules and Henry Cavill as Hades. That’s some serious star power.

Hercules will be a live-action musical from the Russo brothers, but there is a twist: the experimental project may be inspired by TikTok. Extrapolating further on the TikTok aspect, Russo said, “There are questions about how you translate it as a musical. Audiences today have been trained by TikTok, right? What is their expectation of what that musical looks like and feels like? That can be a lot of fun and help us push the boundaries a little bit on how you execute a modern musical.”

The film is being directed by Guy Ritchie (Aladdin). “Guy is perfect for it because he has a penchant for experimentation,” said Joe Russo in an interview with Variety. "Hercules [is] a little bit more experimental in tone, a little bit more experimental in execution,” he added.

Crossing fingers that all rumored castings are true; we are here for a devilish yet dreamy Hades.

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Journalist, antique shop owner, aspiring gemologist—Laurén brings a diverse perspective to animation, where every frame reflects her varied passions.