The first official image from Marcus Nispel’s Conan remake has hit the web thanks to Nu Boyana Film Studios, the Bulgarian production company producing the film. Along with the image, Nu Boyana announced that the company had “just completed production” on the film.

Last month, we saw a handful of unofficial photos from Marcus Nispel’s Conan remake. The shaky photos of Jason Momoa as the legendary warrior led many online commentators to compare the movie to a SyFy original motion picture. Ouch. Perhaps this new official high-res image will change their minds. Check it out below.

For those complaining that Jason Momoa wasn’t suitably ripped to play Conan, I think this picture proves otherwise. He may not look like Arnold “Mr. Universe” Schwarzenegger, but I don’t think that’s entirely necessary for the movie to be a success.

Besides, the real concern shouldn’t be on how the character looks, but on whether Jason Momoa can deliver the goods in his first major film role and whether Marcus Nispel can elevate this movie beyond his previous work (remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th).

The film has a fairly solid supporting cast, including Ron Perlman as Conan’s father, Stephen Lang as the villain Khalar Singh, and Rose McGowan as a “half-human/half-witch,” so that’s something to look forward to, but I’m still on the fence. Sword and sorcery films can easily turn into cheese-fests without the proper script and direction. I’m hoping Conan doesn’t pan out that way. Then again, it’s always nice to have new movies to make fun of, right?

What do you think of this first image of Jason Momoa as Conan? Do you like the look of the Cimmerian warrior, or is this a sign that the Conan remake is destined for disaster?

Source: Nu Boyana Film Studios via