After years in development, the long-awaited “Conan” reboot picked up steam a year ago when Nispel came on board to helm the film. Momoa and “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz were finalists for the role, which ultimately went to Momoa.
Momoa is perhaps best known for his role as Ronon Dex on “Stargate Atlantis” and his upcoming turn as Khal Drogo in the HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” While some fans initially criticized Momoa’s casting, the newly released picture from Nu Boyana Studios seems to capture the spirit of “Conan” better than the previously seen, unofficial photos that popped up online.
Back in March, Momoa also sought to reassure fans that his Conan would be based upon Howard’s original novels.
“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.”
In addition to Momoa, Rachel Nichols (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”) has been cast as Tamara, the female lead while Ron Perlman will play Corin, the father of Conan. “Avatar” star Stephen Lang will portray the villain Khalar Singh, with Bob Sapp as his second-in-command and Rose McGowan as an evil half human/half witch.
“Conan” is expected to be released in 2011.
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