The iconic character of Conan the Barbarian is so identified with Arnold Schwarzenegger that it might be a hard sell trying to re-create the story with a new person. But that isn’t stopping director Marcus Nispel from giving it a go with an upcoming reboot, in theaters in 3D and 2D on August 19, 2011.
This time, Jason Momoa stars as the burly Conan the Cimmerian, and he’s definitely got the look and vibe down. Momoa plays Khal Drogo in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones‘ and also played Ronon Dex in ‘Stargate: Atlantis.’ He seems like a good choice.
The fantasy action adventure finds the fierce warrior on a personal vendetta across the continent of Hyboria to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. The official synopsis describes it as “an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds” to save the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.
I dunno … is anyone else picturing another ‘[amazon_link id=”B002ZG9788″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Clash of the Titans[/amazon_link]’ debacle? I hope the filmmakers create a nice storyline, rather than throwing a bunch of CG effects at us. The cast also includes Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Said Taghmaoui and Ron Perlman.
Nispel promises that the story will stay true to the original vision of writer [amazon_link id=”0575077662″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Robert E. Howard[/amazon_link], who created Conan the Barbarian in a series of short stories and novels in the 1930’s.
Here’s the trailer, and check out the ‘Conan the Barbarian’ official site for more info. I’m guessing it’ll just barely sneak in under a PG-13 rating.