Dwayne Johnson stars in first pair of Hercules images

The first official images have arrived from Brett Ratner’s Hercules , starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular legend of Greek mythology.

The new images show Johnson in typically badass form, as he engages in battle in one image, and apparently howls at the moon in another.

The new film will pick up with our hero somewhere past his peak, trading off his famous name as a mercenary for hire, and dwelling upon mistakes made along the way.

However, the opportunity for redemption soon presents itself in the form of an ageing king and his beautiful daughter, both of whom are being terrorised by a brutal war-lord.

Directed by Ratner and co-starring John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes and Ian McShane, Hercules will open in the UK on 8 August 2014.