Danny DeVito is no stranger to Disney remakes, the actor appeared in Tim Burton’s 2019 Dumbo remake. DeVito is probably most known to Disney fans as the voice of Phil in 1997’s Hercules. Well, of course, the studio is remaking that and the actor wants in on the fun.
DeVito appeared on Wired‘s Autocomplete Interview on YouTube and fans asked him about the upcoming live-action Hercules, which has 2019’s Aladdin director Guy Ritchie attached to direct. “If they don’t put me in that, they don’t have a hair on their a–, I am the live-action ‘Hercules’!”
Joe and Anthony Russo are producing through their AGBO production banner. AGBO is behind hit films starring multiple MCU alums including Extraction (Chris Hemsworth), 21 Bridges (Chadwick Boseman), Cherry (Tom Holland), and most recently The Gray Man starring Chris Evans. So, I would be shocked if an MCU alum isn’t considered for a role in Hercules.
The studio is currently in the process of hiring new writers to tackle the project. Dave Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) previously wrote the initial script. The Russo’s have previously teased that music would be a part of the new film, meaning we should see classic songs “Zero to Hero” and “Go the Distance”.
Released in 1997 by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Hercules (Tate Donovan), follows a son of gods, who was snatched as a baby by Hades (James Woods) and forced to live among mortals as a half-man, half-god. Now a teenager, Hercules needs to perform a rite of passage on Earth to prove himself worthy of living with the gods on Mount Olympus. With his plucky satyr sidekick, Philoctetes (Danny DeVito), along for the ride, Hercules must learn how to use his strength to defeat a series of evil creatures.