Stephen Lang Offered Villain Role in Marcus Nispel's Conan
It looks like the Marcus Nispel-directed Conan the Barbarian remake in the works at Millennium Films is actually coming together. The project had a rocky start but is finally moving forward, with Jason Momoa (from "Stargate: Atlantis") attached to play Conan and Mickey Rourke as his father Corin. Latino Review is reporting that Stephen Lang, who most recently kicked some serious ass as Col. Quaritch in Avatar, has been offered the role as the villain Khalar Singh in Conan. He's not signed on yet, and was only just offered this role very recently, so anything could happen, but it sounds like perfect casting if they can seal the deal.
LR has info on Khalar Singh from a casting breakdown leaked last year. It says he is "commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the 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." Essentially, Khalar Singh's 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 sorcerer Thoth-Amon so that his weak son, Fariq may rule after his death.
Lang made quite an impact in the last year with some big supporting roles in Avatar, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and Public Enemies, but he's been around for a while, starring in all kinds of different movies and TV shows from the 80's on up. I thought he was a total badass in Avatar and he actually made the movie quite a bit better for me; I don't think it would've been nearly as good without Lang. I'm glad he's being considered for more big badass roles like this and I'd love to see him take this offer and join Conan. I don't expect it to be anywhere as good (or as successful) as Avatar, but at least it could be entertaining. Stay tuned for more!