No stranger to playing a villain, “Avatar” actor Stephen Lang will soon make the jump from high-tech military to swords and sorcery as the warlord Khalar Singh in “Conan.”
Lang confirmed rumors that he’d been offered the role during an interview with MTV News conducted Sunday evening on the Oscars red carpet. Lang, who played Colonel Miles Quaritch in “Avatar,” will star opposite Jason Momoa, who recently reported that the film will be based on Robert E. Howard’s original “Conan” novels as opposed to past film iterations.
“I’ve accepted the role of Khalar Singh,” Lang told MTV News when asked about the rumor.
The casting was first reported on Latino Review last week, with the site claiming Lang had been offered the role and citing an anonymous source within Millenium Films.
“I have no idea how I’m going to do it,” Lang laughed. “First I’m going to find out how I’m going to sound. I’m going to get back on a Mongolian pony and ride like the wind. I’m going to flash my scimitar. I’m going to cut the nuts off Conan and his father.”
A “Conan” casting breakdown made the rounds online last year, and included the following synopsis of Lang’s character:
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…
“Conan” is currently scheduled for a 2011 release date.