Our friend El Mayimbe has broke another casting addition for the remake of Conan, this time for one of the female leads. According to their inside sources who have fed them the scoop on every casting announcement to date on the project, Rachel Nichols has joined the cast.
Nichols (Alias, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) is set to play the character of Tamara, a young beautiful master of martial arts. According to Latino Review, Nichols beat out Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place, Cloverfield) and Sarah Shahi (The L Word, Life) for the role.
From the Conan character breakdown that hit the web in October, we have some more details on Tamara:
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
Nichols joins a cast that already includes Jason Momoa as Conan, Bob Sapp as a villain and Leo Howard who plays young Conan. Also expected to join the cast are Mickey Rourke as Conan’s father and possibly Stephen Lang (Avatar) who was just offered the role of the lead villain.
Filming begins this month so expect more announcements and confirmations for the cast of Conan soon!
Conan is being directed by Marcus Nispel and will open next summer.
Source: Latino Review