'Hellboy' Star Ron Perlman To Play Conan's Father, Replaces Mickey Rourke

Ron PerlmanLast month, "Iron Man 2" actor Mickey Rourke was reportedly in talks to appear in director Marcus Nispel's upcoming "Conan" film as Corin — Conan's father. And while Rourke has instead opted to appear in the film "War of the Gods", his replacement is also well known among comic fans.

According to New York Magazine, "Hellboy" star Ron Perlman has been signed to replace Rourke as Corin. In addition to roles in "Blade II", "Sons of Anarchy" and "Beauty And The Beast", Perlman has provided the voice of Conan in the "Conan" video game and the upcoming direct-to-DVD animated film, "Conan: Red Nails."

Perlman joins a cast that includes Rachel Nichols, Bob Sapp and Jason Momoa in the title role as Conan. Perlman will most likely appear opposite Leo Howard as the younger Conan at the beginning of the film. "Avatar" actor Stephen Lang recently confirmed that he will appear as the film's villain, Khalar Singh.

In the 1982 "Conan the Barbarian" film, Conan's father briefly appears before he is murdered in front of his son. Momoa recently spoke out about the influence of that film and the original novels by Robert E. Howard.

“At the time, ['Conan the Barbarian'] was amazing… It’s got a little ’80s vibe to it,” said Momoa. “I did more research with the books (than the movies), to tell you the truth.”

"Conan" is expected to begin filming later this month for a 2011 release.

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