Casting Breakdown For ‘Conan’ Remake

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/Film pointed us to a detailed breakdown for the characters in Marcus Nispel’s reboot of Conan The Barbarian, which is scheduled to begin shooting in Bulgaria in February.  Nispel brought us Friday the 13th (2009) and The Very Best of Cher: The Video Hits Collection.  If he can slip the right character into that “If I Could Turn Back Time” outfit, I’ll go see Conan in the theaters 32 times.  However, dress that outfit on the wrong character and who knows how many cities will burn?

IMDB lists Roland Kickinger as being rumored to play the barbarian.  You might remember him from such films as Terminator Salvation (he played the T-800′s body) and Lethal Weapon 4.  Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, the gentlemen credited with writing Conan, worked together previously penning the scripts for Sahara and Dead of Night.

Without further ado, check out the casting criteria for the Conan remake:


He’s in his 20s to early 30s, Caucasian, powerfully built, broad-shouldered, sun browned skin lined with scars. Piercing blue eyes and square-cut black mane, tall. He is a savage killer that has matured into the refinement his father tried to teach him when he was young. Conan is very smart, almost inhumanly strong, and very cunning. His entire life, from the moment of his birth, has been shaped by violence. Being the last of his tribe and having to watch his father die a cruel death, he is determined avenge his peoples’ slaughter by killing all those who led the attack on the Cimmerians, including the all-powerful Khalar Singh. He is prepared to die in order to accomplish his goal. What Conan did not expect, was to find a reason to live… LEAD

She is 18 to 24 years old, Caucasian or Middle Eastern, open to all ethnicities; beautiful, studious, correct, a novitiate of a Greek influenced monastery. A master of martial arts, she has been trained to be the Queen’s servant, bodyguard and best friend. She and many other female bodyguards to the queen have been in hiding most of their lives because of the curse of Acheron, which would take the queen’s life to bring almost immortal power to its king. When Khalar Singh, a powerful warlord with ambitions to become the king of Acheron, storms the monastery and captures all of the novitiates, she is separated from Ilira, the one she must protect. With all of her strength and will, Tamara is determined to find and rescue her. She finds herself in league with Conan because of a mutual need to find Khalar Singh. She is not in the least intimidated by Conan’s size or grim demeanor and their alliance eventually blossoms into something that surprises them both… LEAD

He’s in his 40s to 50s, Asian or Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mongol, Turkish, or Persian, open to all ethnicities; commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many 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. His 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 master sorcerer, Thoth-Amon so that his weak son, Fariq may rule after his death. While riding into a Cimmerian village to recruit his old comrade, Corin, his large collection of mercenaries slaughters them to the last soul when Corin refuses to join them. The village’s only survivor was young Conan. When Khalar’s search has finally narrowed to the likely discovery of the queen at a monastery of female monks, he also learns Conan is older and hungry for revenge… LEAD

He’s in his 30s-40, very dark-skinned African or African American, massively framed at six-foot-five, gold-toothed, hardened by a lifetime of war, a leader of Kushite Tribemen from the savannahs of Kush. Ukafa is Khalar Singh’s second in command, jealous that Singh’s son, Fariq, will one day be warlord. He obeys his leader but plots the overthrow of his son. He is a mighty warrior and unbeatable in battle—until he comes face to face with Conan. LEAD

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Caucasian, tough and wiry, scary violent. At ten, he insists on joining the teenage boys entering their rites into becoming warriors. When four Picts cross his path and kill one of the boys, Conan unleashes a savagery that goes too far for a warrior. His father takes him aside and personally trains him. His father teaches him what makes a good sword but he has still much to learn what makes a good swordsman. When the Cimmerians are attacked by Khalar Singh and his mercenaries, Conan is the only survivor, the last of the Cimmerians. SUPPORTING

He’s in his 30s to 40s, Caucasian, powerfully built, intelligent, graceful, master swordsman, skilled blacksmith, de facto leader of Cimmerians and Conan’s father. He resolves to answer the terrible request of his dying wife and cuts Conan out of her so she can see him. He then shoulders the burden of raising Conan, which proves to be daunting given the boy’s savage nature. Corin teaches his son the meaning of the sword: a hot blade must be cooled and tempered. When Khalar finally corners him and tortures him to death, he shows no regret nor pain, hiding his concern for his son’s safety from the eyes of the enemy. SUPPORTING

He’s in his 20s to early 30s, Asian or Middle Eastern, open to all ethnicities, slight of frame, piercing eyes, cruel, determined to prove to his father that he can rule the world when the time comes. But he has the mentality of a proto-goth rocker, so ruling the world will prove elusive. However, Fariq makes up for his lack of battle skills with his deft understanding of sorcery and evil determination to find the real queen of Acheron. SUPPORTING

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She is 18 to 20 years old, Caucasian or Middle Eastern, beautiful, fun-loving, a novitiate of a Greek influenced monastery. She has been hidden away in a monastery since birth since she is the designated queen of Acheron. When Khalar Singh captures her among all of the other novitiates and start the process of killing them to find out which is the real queen, Ilira maintains her courage under unbelievably cruel circumstances. SUPPORTING

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He’s in his 30s, any ethnicity, thin, feral, misshapen, a mysterious warrior of dark magic who travels by shadow and surprises men with a quick death. He leads a band of tracking Shadow Scouts under Khalar Singh’s employ. He can be immensely fast and devious, his soul as twisted as his body. SUPPORTING

He’s in his 50s, Middle Eastern, Asian, Caucasian, SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES, strict yet loving, learned and spiritual, an elder monk and leader of the monastery. He’s charged with the care and education of the queen, Ilira. SUPPORTING

He’s in his 30s, Caucasian, handsome, proud, haughty, lethal, a leader of a Legion of Aquilonian Mercenaries. While attacking Corin and Conan in close quarters, he is thrown into a fiery forge that disfigures him for life. His self-revulsion twists him to the point that years later he takes great pleasure in torturing prisoners. SUPPORTING

He’s in his 20s to 30s, any ethnicity, wiry, a leader of thieves, who has had the bad luck to fall into Lucius’ grips and is being tortured by him. However, the tables are turned by Conan and this prisoner has his revenge. He later appears at Khor Khala City and offers aide to Conan as a way to pay his debt. SUPPORTING

He’s in his 30s, tan and swarthy, almost Gypsy-like, handsome, charming, even dashing in a gruff way, a Zamoran pirate and good friend to Conan. They have shared many adventures together and trust each other with their lives. Artus is a master of the high seas with a fast and powerful ship. He shows his mastery in strategy and hand-to-hand combat during a fierce sea battle. SUPPORTING

He’s in his 30s, any ethnicity, a blind archer with the mystical ability to strike down any enemy with his bow and arrow. He leads a large band of blind archers whose accuracy and cunning lends a powerful presence to Khalar’s army of mercenaries. SUPPORTING

She’s in her 20s, Caucasian, beautiful, courageous, Amazonian built, pregnant with her son, Conan. She is stabbed through the belly by an Aesir Raider. Her dying request to her husband, Corin, is to take the baby from her womb before she dies so that she can see him…

Believe it or not this list is even longer (bit parts), but you’ll have to head over to /Film to see the full thing.

Let’s pretend this casting call wasn’t bound by the constraints of time.  If all leading men were on the table regardless of when they were at their prime, who would you pick to follow in Arnold’s footsteps?

Conan is hoping to destroy box office records sometime in 2011.

Source: /Film, IMDB

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  1. Ooh I cant wait, this is going to be awesome :) Is this the summer blockbuster of 2011?

  2. I loved Conan but I don’t know about this actor Roland Kickinger.

  3. It was said that “This movie promises to be a complete revamp that stays closer to the original source material by Robert E. Howard”, but the fact of the matter is that it is no where near what Robert E. Howard had written. The writers have no idea of who or what Conan is. The same can be said about their knowledge of Robert E. Howard. From what can be read so far about the cast call, this movie will not go to theatres or dvd but straight to SyFy.

    Conan get’s to watch his father die. Again. This time it’s from torture. Blah. Sack the hell out of Venarium and burn it to the ground!!! That’s how Conan’s father should die if HE MUST BE INCLUDED. That’s how a Cimmerian should see his father go, dying in the bright madness of battle and not in some lame ass torture that is just completely lame. How do I know that it’s lame? Because it’s lame. Howard himself did not give a tale dedicated to Conan’s origin, L. Sprague de Camp stayed away from it, so now let’s hire D/O to fix all that. Sheesh.

    Are they really going to cut out baby Conan and hand him to his dying mother? Blind archers? Being the last of his tribe, watch the father die a cruel death blah blah blah. Was cut from his mother’s womb by Conan’s father so that she (mother) could see him before she died? Ok. Where is Khor Khala City? Thoth-Amon again? Tamara is not in the least intimidated by Conan’s size or grim demeanor….not even just a little??

    Ok, so this is the Riddle of Steel part two. Or rebooted. Resheathed. Whatever. Four Picts cross the path of Conan and he unleashes a savagery that goes to far for a warrior? What is he supposed to do, scream and tell them that his dad can kick their dads’ asses? C’mon man! Instead of his name being mentioned at the council fires this is going to cause his name to be whispered around the fires that pyscho boy Conan is unfit and should be cast out……..will stop there incase thats makes it into the script somehow. 10 year old Conan takes on four Picts and lives? Give that boy a flagon of wine and two women!

    This is NOT Conan folks, this is BeastMaster Part 6.

  4. This was Hollywoods opportunity to get it right, anyone that has read the Howard stories, whether it’s Conan, Cormac Mac Art, Solomon Kane or Bran Mac Morn, are instantly hooked and will tell you that the 1980′s film versions were like a Disney version of a DeCamp and Carter story rather than a Howard story. I’d hoped that Robert Rodregez or Ridley Scott would run with it but was hopefull when I new that Nispel had at least done graphic horror which was promising until I read the casting spoilers and it seems to be a remake of Milus’s story rather than a Howard one. It sounds all very 80′s cheese and in an era when films like Galdiator, Troy and the upcoming Robin Hood have reintroduced the sword and thunder Epics back to the screens we’ve got another 2 dimensional Conan that, if played by another blond Austrian bodybuilder, will be far better off being a comedy version in the style of Airplane and Scary Movie than a film to be taken seriuosly. With a Gerard Butler type in the lead and a great script this could be incredible and Nispel would have a chance to be top of the tree along with Cameron and Scott etc.

  5. Amra’s got a lot of fine points, there. This isn’t Robert Howard’s “Conan” any more than the first two films were.

    I seem to recall Conan’s mother being alive, even when he’s an adult… He drops by his village to visit with her once and she lovingly treats him like a kid — I think it’s kind of heartwarming to know that the big brute has a soft spot for his mum and fellow villagers that can razz him when he pops in. Why do filmmakers always have to portray Conan as “the last of his kind”? Is it some “tragic hero” horsesh*t? Give him a family, for crying out loud. Humanize him.

    Frankly, the “out for vengeance” schtick played out just fine in the first Conan picture. I’m not a fan of dipping back into the same well. I rather like the unlikely hero angle from “The God in the Bowl” and “Rouges in the House”. You want to give this new Conan a different feel? Try reading the source material and making him actually closer to the Conan of the books: an amoral swordsman, a young, intelligent, wandering vagabond, like a hulking Malcolm Reynolds or a giant Han Solo. :) Giving Conan a vengeance kick is giving the writers/directors carte blanche to make him a brooding, silent slab of Austrian meat… Something I’ve seen before.

  6. This movie seems doomed to succeed.

    First, the film is written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. These two screenwriters are widely ridiculed for their lack of creativity. They pen cliche, formulaic scripts with no soul. Worse, Donnelly and Oppenheimer are unfamiliar with Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories and they seemingly know very little about the Hyborian Age.

    Second, the film is directed by Marcus Nispel, a B-grade director. His best film is “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003) and that film is rated at a miserable 6.1 on Nispel was hired to replace Brett Ratner, another terrible director. Ratner disliked the script. You know a screenplay must be very bad when Ratner turns it down.

    Third, the film ignores Robert E. Howard’s classic stories and neuters the character. Instead of faithfully adapting Howard’s famous Cimmerian, Hollywood is once again butchering the literary material in order to create a mindless action-movie.

    In summary, poor screenwriters coupled with a poor director means a poor movie. They might as well replace Nispel with Uwe Boll and hire Ehren Kruger to butcher it even more.

  7. Stop the madness. Sign the petition:

    Having several competing petitions floating all over the web would do no good.

    Paradox need to see a single list of outraged fans.

  8. I am Andrew McLaren and I am also a front runner to play Conan, please check my website out. Thanks everyone for your interest and support, I promise if I’m cast I will make this film better than the original and will be sure to use Arnolds advice.

  9. 1. Stop the current production.

    2. Get an REH expert in the same room with the scriptwriters. Have them read the books and instruct them that the Conan stories will serve as the building blocks for the movie, and nothing else.

    3. Use this film as a chance to reinvent the pop cultural idea of Conan.

    Look at Casino Royale. Batman Begins. Pirates of the Carribean. All of these films took dead characters, dead franchises, and dead genres and reinvigorated them by not playing it safe. Even fans of Conan the Barbarian don’t want a rehash of that. We are twenty years older now, and we need something more sophisticated. Bryan Singer learned that the hard way with Superman Returns. This can NOT be a nostalgia project.

    Go to and sign up!

  10. Andrew McClaren, good luck.

    But should you get the role, then do not, repeat DO NOT ask Schwarzenegger about Conan. He knows nothing about the characther, and was not qualified to portray him in the first place. You are bound to be better.

    Read the original Conan stories by Robert E. Howard, or ask the regurlars at the furum. That way, you will learn who Conan is. Schwarzenegger can only teach you who Conan is NOT.