The remake of 1982’s "Conan the Barbarian" is on its way and replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger as the infamous warrior will be Jason Momoa ("Stargate: Atlantis," "North Shore").
The 6ft. 5in. Hawaiian-born actor and model is reported to have won the role of the barbarian warrior after impressing filmmakers Lionsgate, Millennium Films and Paradox Entertainment with test scenes in which he wielded a sword, says Deadline Hollywood.
Here is the official description given for the ideal actor for the title role [SPOILER Warning]:
He’s in his 20s to early 30s, Caucasian, powerfully built, broad-shouldered, sun browned skin lined with scars. Piercing blue eyes and square-cut black mane, tall. He is a savage killer that has matured into the refinement his father tried to teach him when he was young. Conan is very smart, almost inhumanly strong, and very cunning. His entire life, from the moment of his birth, has been shaped by violence. Being the last of his tribe and having to watch his father die a cruel death, he is determined avenge his peoples’ slaughter by killing all those who led the attack on the Cimmerians, including the all-powerful Khalar Singh. He is prepared to die in order to accomplish his goal. What Conan did not expect, was to find a reason to live… LEAD
Momoa is ripped but I expect he’ll be doing some bulking up if he wants to be compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s take on the Barbarian. He meets most of the requirements listed above and I’m up for seeing what he can do as Conan.
For "Conan," I'd say it's a safe bet to go with someone like Momoa, who despite steady acting work, remains relatively unknown. After all, Conan was a role that gave Schwarzenegger his breakthrough performance to become one of the biggest action stars, so maybe Momoa can follow in his footsteps with the exception of that whole Governor of the state of California bit.
That’s not all, Latino Review also got an exclusive that the studio has offered the role of Conan’s dad to Mickey Rourke, who hit it big with "The Wrestler" last year and will kick-off this summer as the lead villain in "Iron Man 2."
What do you think of Jason Momoa as Conan and Mickey Rourke possible playing his father?
"Conan" will be directed by Marcus Nispel and will likely open in summer 2011.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, First Showing, The Geek Files