Looking forward to Jason Momoa's new Conan movie? If so then your day just got a little brighter.
Both Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) have supposedly landed themselves roles in the film as leading lady "Tamara" and main villain "Khalar Singh" respectively.
The role descriptions are as follows:
TAMARA - "A master of martial arts, she has been trained to be the Queen’s servant, bodyguard and best friend."
KHALAR SINGH - "Khalar Singh is 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. He is driven in his quest to find the Queen of Acheron and has been building an empire to do so.
His goal is to find the Queen whose blood will bring life to the demonic minions of Acheron while making himself king of this hellish power. With this power, Khalar will protect his legacy against the onslaught of master sorcerer, Thoth-Amon so that his weak son, Fariq may rule after his death. While riding into a Cimmerian village to recruit his old comrade, Corin, his large collection of mercenaries slaughters them to the last soul when Corin refuses to join them. The village’s only survivor was young Conan. When Khalar’s search has finally narrowed to the likely discovery of the queen at a monastery of female monks, he also learns Conan is older and hungry for revenge…"
I'm a little on the fence as to whether I'm going to like, or even look forward, to this new Conan movie. I'm a big fan of Arnie's originals and I can't see this being a classic like those. However, the new casting news is good. Rachel is stunning and Stephen was awesome in Avatar!
UPDATE - Thanks to a comment left by Waldgeist we now hear that Rose McGowan may have also landed herself a role in the new Conan flick, as a character named "Marique". Originally set to be played by a man in the movie the description is as follows:
"Marique is in his 20s to early 30s, Asian or Middle Eastern, open to all ethnicities, slight of frame, piercing eyes, cruel, determined to prove to his father that he can rule the world when the time comes. But he has the mentality of a proto-goth rocker, so ruling the world will prove elusive. However, Fariq makes up for his lack of battle skills with his deft understanding of sorcery and evil determination to find the real queen of Acheron. SUPPORTING."
Her lead role in Red Sonja seems very far away now, but not out of the question should this new rumour be believed!