Amber Heard Top Choice for 'Red Sonja' with Director Simon West?
Comic-Con 2008 brought some slick posters featuring Rose McGowan as female barbarian Red Sonja, but of course, since then this project hasn't made much progress and it seems producer Robert Rodriguez and McGowan (the filmmaker's wife) have since fallen away from the project. However, Empire has news of the project gaining steam again as producer Avi Lerner revealed Simon West (Con-Air) is attached to direct and Amber Heard (Drive Angry 3D) is the top contender to play the titular sword-wielding, bikini-clad barbarian. So what's been the hold-up? Lerner says, "We didn't want to start it until we'd finished Conan."
With Conan the Barbarian, starring Jason Momoa as Conan, finally almost finished, apparently Lerner is now confident enough to come out and say, "We will definitely shoot Red Sonja in between Conan and Conan 2. We already chose the director: an English guy called Simon West." That same director has The Medallion with Nicolas Cage coming up, but it sounds like he'll shoot Red Sonja as soon as he's done with that project. As for casting the female barbarian, while the lovely Ms. Heard is Lerner's favorite choice for the role, he says, "We're talking to a few girls for the role of Sonja." Honestly, with McGowan's increasing age, I'm glad someone younger (and arguably more attractive) is up for the part now. Thoughts on this?