Jason Momoa To Play Conan

The search for Conan is over, as “Stargate Atlantis” star Jason Momoa has been cast as Robert E. Howard’s famous Cimmerian warrior.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the previously rumored Momoa is in negotiations to star as Conan in Marcus Nispel’s upcoming reinvention of the classic fantasy hero. The news couldn’t come soon enough given the fact that production on “Conan” is slated to begin on March 15 in Bulgaria.

By securing the role of Conan, Momoa beat out rival competitor Kellan Lutz, the “Twilight” actor that confirmed his status as a “Conan” contender just last week.

According to the report, Nispel was already sold on Momoa for the film’s lead but the folks at Millennium Films, Lionsgate and rights holder Paradox Entertainment weren’t as convinced. After shooting test footage with Momoa, however, Nispel was able to sway the film’s backers, leading to the latest casting.

“Conan” isn’t Momoa’s only upcoming fantasy role. Aside from his science fiction work on “Stargate,” the actor is slated to appear in HBO’s upcoming series “Game of Thrones,” based on the fantasy series written by George R. R. Martin.

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