Dolph Lundgren Wants to Be Involved In the ‘He-Man’ Reboot

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 20th, 2012 at 7:39 am,

He-Man has certainly had a long and treacherous road back to theaters. Best known for the animated series that ran from 1983 to 1985, the Masters of the Universe franchise was previously adapted into a live-action adventure starring Dolph Lundgren in 1987, and the latest buzz now places director Jon Chu - whose G.I. Joe: Retaliation was pushed to a March 2013 release - in talks to helm the long-in-development reboot.

With buzz of He-Man’s return circulating the industry, IGN recently caught up with Lundgren and asked his thoughts on the potential Masters of the Universe reboot and if he’d be open to taking part in it.

Here’s what Lundgren had to say:

“Yeah. I think it’s a good idea. I think He-Man is a cool character, and I had fun doing [the movie]. I wouldn’t want to take my shirt off again for three months, wearing that… diaper or whatever it was I was wearing, loincloth. I’d rather play the king. But yeah, good idea. All of these old superheroes are coming back, and I’m sure that’s one that people could enjoy.”

The 54-year-old actor is probably a bit past the point of playing the title character, but a supporting role or even a cameo seems like a possibility and might help endear older fans to the new version. Plus, with his appearances in The Expendables and its upcoming sequel, today’s kids are becoming more and more familiar with Lundgren’s work as well.

He Man Dolph Lundgren Wants to Be Involved In the He Man Reboot

Whether or not Lundgren ultimately takes part in the production, the fact that people are talking about He-Man again is a good sign for Masters of the Universe fans everywhere. With its combination of medieval influences and sorcery/magic, a revamped Masters of the Universe - minus the 1980s kitsch that likely hurt the original film’s box office - could very well tap into the same audience that has embraced Marvel’s Thor. However, with the recent relaunch (and subsequent failure) of another classic character in last year’s Conan the Barbarian, the script will have to be pitch-perfect to reach old fans and inspire new ones.

The project has already been declared dead in the past (before its rights were picked up Sony), and writers Alex Litvak and Michael Finch (Predators) are - last we heard - still at work on the script. So, those of you hoping to see Skeletor, Man-at-Arms, Teela and Evil-Lyn join He-Man back in theaters still might get your wish.

Check back here for updates on the Masters of the Universe reboot as this story develops.

Meanwhile, The Expendables 2 - starring Lundgren and fellow old-school action icons Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme - hits theaters on August 17th, 2012.

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Source: IGN

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  1. YES!!!!! So much YES!

  2. I can’t think of another actor I’d like to see make a comeback more than Dolph Lundgren.

    • Agreed. Also, JCVD.

  3. How about Man-At-Arms?

  4. I guess that would be okay, but not a requirement, somehow.

  5. If they were going to do the movie in a flashback capacity it would be cool, with it starting with Dolph old, and ending with him old only for a few mins maybe. Bit like the end of Conan with Arnie as King Conan and looking old.

  6. Hell yeah, I love Dolph. He could totally be an amazing Skeletor in this. Its not like Skeletor should be shirtless anyways. The evil side needs 2 be more magically based and a bit alien while the good more people of the land. Lots of animal furs and such. Dolph has actually turned into a really great actor and I really enjoy watching the old Punisher movie as an adult especially with the deleted beginning makes it a much fuller film. I would love to see him in this as a villain. Plus I dont think anyone’s ever switched roles like that and it could be awesome.

  7. Showdown In Little Tokyo 2 with Jet Li!

  8. cant think of anyone who could play he man though …

  9. A small cameo and thats it.No one wants to hear his funny acsent for more than a few seconds.

    • accent

      • Dolph has barely any kind of distinguishable accent. He has a very deep voice and is distinctive, yes.

    • His funny accent? That’s a weird thing to say…

  10. i want to see ram-man and tri-clops. my fav.characters from m.o.t.un..

  11. Yeah, absolutely! He should definitely be involved. I have very fond memories of Master Of The Universe the movie, it was far from perfect but it was damn good fun. Skeletor scarred the hell out of me as a kid! Apart from when he went all gold, then he looked like Liza Minnelli wearing one of Elton John’s stage costumes.

    • Watching MOTU now, it is shocking just how camp Skeletor actually was, especially in the Christmas special. It’s funny how all the campness of MOTU went completely over the heads of all the kids watching it.

  12. DC rebooted MOTU for a miniseries so I’m sure if it sells well there may be a good chance of a movie. Personally, I’m pretty satisfied with the 2002-2003 animated version. It was really well done and a lot better than the 80s cartoon.

    Who could play He-Man? Whoever it is would have to bulk up to do it which is not overly hard to do nowadays. We’ve seen actors put on a lot of muscle for different roles. A Brad Pitt Achilles might work but there’s not an actor that really comes to mind.

    Oh well…I am up for a new MOTU movie that stays in Eternia and doesn’t drift over into the real world.

  13. I hope that they have Dolph Lundgren make a cameo as King Grayskull. That would be cool. Also, Vin Diesel as Stratos,Helen Mirren as the sorceress, Gerard butler as Man-at-arms..I could go on & on with my fantasy cast. The only difficult part would be to cast the perfect actor for the titular role of Prince Adam/He-man. Any suggestions?,sound off..

    • I like Gerard Butler as Man at Arms. Not sure about Vin Diesel as Startos. I could see him as Mekaneck or maybe Buzz Off who is a pretty hot tempered character.

      Maybe Kevin Durand as He-Man, now that I’ve had some time to think about it.

  14. Taylor Kitsch / Launtnor for He Man, Kristen Stewart for Shera, Robert Pattinson for Skeletor, fans to be called HeHards!

  15. I wouldn’t mind it.

    Grew up with the original cartoon and action figures, didn’t like the movie but I’m open to it if done right.

    By the way, I loved last year’s Conan movie.

  16. After taking a look at some scenes from the 80′s Masters of the Universe movie, i realize now that it was a total Star Wars rip off

  17. all depends on the backstory they use for he-man. in this movie will he-man be the first he-man, or will the power of greyskull be a magic that is passed on to deserving individuals since the beginning of time.

    loved the cartoon, liked the newer cartoon, the movie was good, little off track with the magical keyboard and trip to earth.

  18. jason momoa as he-man[dont ask me why!i fell in love with him when he appeared in game of thrones

  19. Upon watching the movie it seems that they brought it into modern day 80s to save costs, seriously He Man has no business running around the streets of LA, who on earth thought of that?

    Let’s make a movie about the Smurfs and set it in New York……oh wait

  20. This isn’t Shakespeare. I say use all huge bodybuilders and smokin chicks that look exactly like the toys and 80′s cartoon. THIS SHOULD AND COULD BE RAD!!!