UPDATE: So, it’s no longer a rumor that the former Ronon Dex will now be the new Conan The Barbarian for director Marcus Nispel. The gears are in motion to make the start date for the project and Momoa is already reportedly in training for the role.
What’s also now being dropped by sources such as LatinoReview is that an offer has also gone out to Mickey Rourke to play Conan’s father, Corin. Wow. If that pans out, Rourke is certainly making the most of this comeback, ain’t he?
So while we won’t be getting a wrestler to play Conan, but we may very well get a Wrestler to play his dad. Sweet.
Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that Jason Momoa has landed the role of Conan The Barbarian. It was widely reported that he was one of the contenders, but DHD is coming out and saying it’s a done deal.
Momoa was reportedly chosen over other top contender, Kellan Lutz (Twilight) by Millennium Films, Lionsgate and Paradox Entertainment. This will mean that the film will keep its planned March 15th start date in Bulgaria. If it’s legit, it seems almost surreal after the seemingly dozens of false starts this reboot has had over the years (somewhere around Superman-level I’d say), that this might actually finally be coming to fruition.
Momoa is a different choice than what’s come before, that’s for certain. I’m a fan of Stargate: Atlantis, and I know that he can handle the physicality. If you’re not all that familiar with him, he also had a stint on Baywatch in its declining years (weren’t they all really, though?). He’s also playing Khal Drogo in HBO’s A Game of Thrones and is known as Lisa Bonet’s most current babydaddy.
Thanks to El Cap for the tip.
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