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 »
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 »
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 »
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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In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley, discuss the mainstream appeal of Shutter Island, try and fail to get excited about Marcus Nispel (the newly minted director of Conan), and wonder about the possibilities of lost subplots in Pixar’s Up. Special guest Alex Albrecht joins us this evening from Diggnation and The Totally Rad Show.
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Update: Variety has confirmed the story.
My former CHUD colleague Devin Faraci is reporting that Millennium / Nu Image have finalized the search for a Conan director, and the choice is Marcus Nispel, who headed up the re-dos of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th . Devin relies on an unnamed “impeccable source” but he isn’t one to run everything that drops into the inbox. You can treat this as rumor if you’d like until confirmation appears, but Devin’s faith in the source and the story are a good indicator that it is on the money. Is Nispel the right guy for the film? Read More »