A casting call may be out for the lead role in 'Conan,' since former franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger is busy governing the State of California. Whether director Marcus Nispel agrees with Brett Ratner's perspective that the film's title character should be played by "an unknown" remains to be seen, but an established action movie legend and former face of the "Punisher" could make an appearance.
"I've talked to the producers about doing something for 'Conan,'" actor Dolph Lundgren told MTV News while promoting his direct-to-DVD film "Command Performance," which he co-wrote, directed and starred in.
"Conan" shares a team of producers with Lundgren's upcoming Sylvester Stallone film "The Expendables," which might have opened the way for the opportunity. Asked what type of role he'd be looking for, Lundgren cautioned that casting is still going on and whether there is a role for him at all likely wouldn't be decided until 2010.
"It's too early," he said, explaining that he didn't expect to know more until "probably next year."
As a screen presence with a considerable legacy behind him, Lundgren might be a good fit for the Khalar Singh part, described in the movie's casting call as "commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won." Other parts in the casting call include Conan's father, Corin, and a mercenary named Lucius.
Lundgren definitely has the build and demeanor to go toe-to-toe with Conan the Barbarian, but whether Nispel wants unknowns to fill out his cast could make a huge difference.
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