In May, some set photos from Marcus Nispel‘s new Conan the Barbarian movie leaked online, giving us our first look at Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis) in costume as the film’s title character. Now Nu Boyana Film Studios has released the fist official production photo. Hit the jump to see the full thing.
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I was happy about the news that Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis) had been cast as Conan in the new film by Marcus Nispel. He seems like he can act, and he’s got a look that will not only work for the part, but quickly differentiate this version from the Schwarzenegger original.

Now we’ve got a few pics of Momoa in costume and a handful of set images to give you an idea of what to expect from Conan. Read More »

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Are you keeping up with the Conan casting? Jason Momoa is in,and as Conan no less; Mickey Rourke is out, replaced by Ron Perlman; Stephen Lang has been rumoured then confirmed… and on and on. The latest break is that Rose McGowan has been handed a role. But, hang on – isn’t she supposed to be getting her own Red Sonja movie?

So… is this a cross-over? Or does this announcement mean something else?

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Our hopes of seeing Mickey Rourke as papa to Jason Momoa’s Conan were shattered when Rourke left the project for Tarsem’s War of the Gods — but now it appears that there’s another badass on the horizon for Marcus Nispel’s Conan remake. Vulture is reporting that Ron Perlman — of Hellboy and Sons of Anarchy fame — is in negotiations to play Conan’s father Corin.

Perlman would be joining a cast which currently includes Rachel Nichols as Tamara, a royal bodyguard in league with Conan, and Stephen Lang as the villain, Khalar Singh.

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Benicio Del Toro has signed to play g-man Jack Garcia in Making Jack Falcone. Garcia targeted the Gambino family, and was responsible for taking down dozens of made men. Garcia is Cuban-born, but managed to play an Italian so successfully that he was invited to become a made man himself. Steven Soderbergh is producing the film, with a script by Che screenwriter Peter Buchman based on Garcia’s memoir about the Gambino operation.

Garcia also worked a lot of other undercover jobs for the FBI — a surprising thing given that he hardly blends into a crowd. At 6’4″ and 390 pounds, he’s exactly the opposite of the image typically held of a guy who can worm into many different organizations. But Garcia is charming, too — take a look at the 60 Minutes interview clip embedded after the break to see what he’s like. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Stephen Lang Offered Conan Villain Role

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Stephen Lang‘s reward for acing his portrayal of the villainous Colonel Quaritch in Avatar could be another showcase role as the colourful bad guy. There’s said to be a deal on the table right now that would see Lang taking the part of Khalar Singh in Marcus Nispel‘s Conan reboot.

Here’s how Singh was described in the casting breakdown for the movie:

He’s in his 40s to 50s, Asian or Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mongol, Turkish, or Persian, open to all ethnicities; commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won.

From here on out, the description became a little more spoiler-prone. If you aren’t averse to plot details, read on…

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MMA Fighter Bob Sapp Cast in Conan

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Earlier this week it was reported that pro wrestler Shad Gaspard (part of the WWE tag-team Cryme Tyme) had auditioned for the role of Ukafa, the main villain in Marcus Nispel’s upcoming remake of Conan the Barbarian. Well it looks like he didn’t get the part. LatinoReview is reporting that the part will go to another professional fighter, MMA star Bob “The Beast” Sapp.

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Heat Vision is reporting that Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Iron Man 2) is in talks to play Corin, Conan’s father in Marcus Nispel‘s Conan remake for Lionsgate. Meanwhile, SHH has confirmed that Sean Hood has been hired to give the script a last minute rewrite.

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