Jason Momoa is Conan the Barbarian; Mickey Rourke In, Too?
by Ethan Anderton
January 21, 2010
How about some news about a Conan who has nothing to do with that late night television debacle that's all over the airwaves and web? Great! Because both Deadline Hollywood and Latino Review have independently confirmed that Jason Momoa (seen above), star of such TV shows as "Stargate Atlantis" and "Baywatch: Hawaii" has been cast as the barbarian warrior in Conan, the forthcoming Marcus Nispel directed rebirth of the original Robert E. Howard story series. But a little more credit goes to Latino Review on this one as El Mayimbe also uncovered that an offer has also been sent to Mickey Rourke to play Conan's father Corin.
Word is Momoa charmed execs at the last minute to beat out more established young actors like Twilight's Kellan Lutz and Friday the 13th's Jared Padalecki for the part. In addition, the script underwent a series of revisions by Andrew Lobel last month on the script originally penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. For Conan, I'd say it's a safer bet to go with someone like Momoa, who despite steady acting work, remains relatively unknown. After all, Conan was a role that gave Schwarzenegger his breakthrough performance to become one of the biggest action stars, so maybe Momoa can follow is his footsteps with the exception of that whole Governor of the state of California bit. What do you think of Momoa as Conan?