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!
good news the guy kicked ass in Public Enemies and was one of the best parts of Avatar.
Xerxex on Mar 3, 2010
@Xerxex yup yup the dude was solid in Avatar!
jon on Mar 3, 2010
It will stretch is acting abilites to the limite for the Role a Khalar singh, Is good Casting if he signs on the line?
Cineprog on Mar 3, 2010
HE DOESN'T JUST KICK ASS. hE'S A TERRIFIC ACTOR! Just watch tombstone and watch his turn as the cowardly snake like Ike clanton. Law don't go around here. Savvey?!
indyjack on Mar 3, 2010
this sounds more like part two than a remake which is a GOOD thing...the original left off at the perfect place to begin a new adventure....forget that steaming pile of shit that was the second Conan...ugh...this sounds like a BITCHIN' second chapter in the adventures of Conan....hope they do it like that...
slopshoe smith on Mar 3, 2010
I was introduced to his work in the movie Gettysburg when he played General Pickett. The man is a terrific actor and I'm glad he's finally getting the spotlight.
Chris H. on Mar 3, 2010
Jason Momoa as Conan? Give me a break, that's as bad, and equally wrong, as Ahhhnold. No disrespect to Jason either, he's just not Conan.
Armitage on Mar 10, 2010
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