Stephen Lang Offered Conan Villain Role


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

Bob Sapp

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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Shad Gaspard

Pro wrestler Shad Gaspard (part of the WWE tag-team Cryme Tyme) revealed over the weekend that he had auditioned for the role of Ukafa, the main villain in Marcus Nispel’s upcoming remake of Conan the Barbarian.Details after the jump.

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Ray Winstone is currently starring in 44 Inch Chest, which was written by Sexy Beast writers Louis Mellis and David Scinto. Mellis and Scinto have since stopped working together, and Scinto is now poised to make the jump to director. As leading man in his debut Night Flower, he’s tapped a reliable presence: Ray Winstone. From there the cast gets better, as Ben Whishaw and Andrew Garfield are currently in talks to join.

We don’t have many details on the script, which Scinto wrote and is called a “terrifying romantic thriller” in THR‘s report. As shooting is not scheduled to start until this fall we’ll probably have to wait a bit before hearing any more. But having Winstone, Whishaw and Garfield together should be great, and I’m excited to see what Scinto comes up with on his own.

After the break, the young version of Conan the Barbarian is cast, and the animated pic Monster in Paris gets some good voices. Read More »

Jason Momoa is the New Conan the Barbarian


Recently we heard that Nu Image/Millennium and Lionsgate were looking at three actors as possible options to be the new Conan the Barbarian in the film to be directed by Marcus Nispel. There was Jason Momoa, from Stargate: Atlantis; Kellan Lutz from Twilight;  and a third, then-unnamed actor who turned out to be Jared Padalecki. Now two sources are reporting that the choice has been made, and it is Momoa. Read More »

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Hey, remember that new Conan movie? Marcus Nispel is directing, and it is meant to begin shooting in about two months. Funny, though…we haven’t heard anything about who’s playing Conan. Evidently the right actor isn’t so easy to find, which is why production is currently slated for March after being bumped twice, first from August ’09 to February of this year, then from February to March. There have been rumors about who might be the new Conan, but nothing yet confirmed.

But there’s light at the end of the tunnel, as producers reportedly have three names in mind. We know two of them. If you don’t recognize the faces above, the names are after the break. Read More »

Casting Breakdown: Marcus Nispel’s Conan


Marcus Nispel‘s Conan begins shooting in Bulgaria in mid-February, and casting has already begun, as casting breakdowns have been posted at various casting agencies in NY/LA. /Film reader Daniel L send me over the entire breakdown, which you can read below. Want to know more about the characters in Nispel’s Conan? Check it, after the jump.

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One of the highlights of the White House Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner was John Hodgman‘s speech about how Barack Obama might be the first nerd/geek President of the United States. Many of you should recognize Hodgman as the PC guy on the Apple commercials, or as a sometimes Daily Show correspondent, but he is also a best selling author and sometimes actor. The speech is great because it features a bevy of geek references, including Star Trek, Superman, Conan, Dune and more. You can watch Hodgman’s entire 14-minute speech after the jump.
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