Rumor Patrol: Megan Fox To Play Red Sonja? [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated April 7th, 2010 at 9:04 am,

Megan Fox in Red Sonja Rumor Patrol: Megan Fox To Play Red Sonja? [Updated]

[Update: Megan Fox's reps are denying her involvement]

There’s a lot been going on behind the scenes of Red Sonja, the new version of the comic book character who first appeared in Conan the Barbarian comics in the early 1970s. A while back Robert Rodriguez unveiled his plans for the new movie version, which was to star Rose McGowan in the titular role and it would be directed by Douglas Aarniokoski with Rodriguez lending his producing talents.

What exactly the status of the project was for a while nobody was exactly sure but recently McGowan Tweeted that the project had been delayed. Then came the news that McGowan had been cast in Conan but as an “evil half-human/half witch” that ISN’T Red Sonja. Just what the hell is going on here? Is McGowan Red Sonja or not?…

Well, if this latest rumor is true then no, she isn’t. Pajiba is reporting a rumor that not only affects who might be playing Red Sonja but overall plans for the film in general. First off, the rumor states that McGowan and director Aarniokoski are out of the project, and Millenium Films is looking for another writer to take a shot at redrafting David N. White’s script. McGowan confirmed her departure with a recent tweet, stating “It’s fine. It was Conan or [Red Sonja].” There’s no mention if Rodriguez will still be on as a producer or not.

[UPDATE: Moviefone spoke with Megan Fox’s publicist who said Fox’s involvement with Red Sonja is simply “not true.”]

But the bigger news, at least for us fans, is that Transformers babe, Megan Fox, has reportedly been offered the role of Red Sonja. So they’ve gotten rid of one good looking actress and replaced her with an arguably better looking one. If she accepted the role (and that’s if she was even offered it at all – remember take this as a RUMOR for the time being), this new version that the studio is looking to do involves, “an innocent teenager who metamorphosizes into an unparalleled warrior.”

Hmmm, I’m betting fans of the character aren’t going to be too happy about that plot… This news comes hot off the heels of Fox (again) turning down the role of Lara Croft so maybe she’s looking for a different ass-kicking role and Red Sonja has come along at just the right time.

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Will Megan Fox really be the new Red Sonja?

I’m quite surprised to see the troubled Red Sonja head in the way it has (if this news is true). I know it’s not been an easy road but the plan for McGowan to play the character in an adaptation of the character from the comic – hopefully with a cameo in the reboot of Conan – seemed rather perfect (they’ve already made promo posters for it with McGowan in character). But this way of making it a teenager that turns into a warrior seems kind of silly to me.

I suppose Fox is more age-appropriate for the role in that respect, but we all know she can’t act worth a damn. Does that matter when the character is all about looking good and kicking ass? I’ll let you discuss that one.

What do you think of Fox potentially playing Red Sonja and the general new direction they appear to be going with the movie?

Stay tuned to Screen Rant to find out if any of this rumor is actually true.

Source: Pajiba (via Cinema Blend)

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  1. it sucks!

  2. what? huh?

  3. Well why can't Rose McGowan play both roles in Conan?? If she has to do some make-up work for her role as the half witch/half demon character, then she could pull off doing Red Sonja too, remember she has been training for this roll for over 2 yrs (that's how she hurt her elbow awhile back). Plus IMDB has her listed as playing Red Sonja in Conan.
    MEGAN FOX cant' act leaver her out of all movies , she is better suited to work for a fast food joint.

    till next time

  4. Well I would not go off of what IMDB has to say. Over on IMDB they had conan cast before the production team had come up with a actor to play conan.

  5. Just throwing my two cents into the mix: I am already praying to the movie gods that they do right by the lovely Jason Momoa, hoping that this is his breakthrough role. Now, I have to add please no-not Megan Fox!

  6. If they are not going to take “Red Sonja” seriously, then please don't make this movie at all. Red Sonja is not a character with big boobs and no muscle, she is a “action” character with the muscle to back up her attitude! What makes any director think anyone but teen age boys would accept Rose McGowan or Megan Fox as a sword wielding, ass kicking, warrior!

  7. Please be just a rumor.

  8. IMDB is as reliable as wikipedia. I also heard that separate companies own the rights to Conan and Red Sonja, so a cameo would be impossible.

    I agree with what you said about Fox. She's more of a boothe babe than an actress.

  9. The studios have an obsession with casting teenagers or making roles that calls for a teenage lead. The 90s started this off, and it is very boring and tiresome. frankly, i am a Conan and Red Sonja fan, and i am not too excited about the upcoming Conan movie, simply because Jason Mamoa is playing him. They could have found someone far better. Nor am I excited about Red Sonja seeing that they had Mcgowan in mind for the role. Personally, i think whoever wanted McGowan to be the star had some kind of infatuation with her. She doesn't look like red sonja to me, and no i am not thinking about Brigitte Nielsen either.

  10. I agree that the studios have an obsession, however I think it is with money. I don't think they care about the fans of the material, they know that with the right young pretty actors involved they can make a big opening weekend and take the money and run! I'm sure the would love to get some vampires into the story if possible. It's to bad they are not going with a style similar to “300″, which would be more appropriate for both Conan and Red Sonja. As for Jason Momoa, I will withhold judgment for now, however he will have to bulk up considerably!

  11. If Megan Fox is playing the Red Sonja, I simply wouldn't watch it! Plain and simple.

  12. i thought movies were supposed to have actors/actress in them ?

  13. *Palm slap to forehead*

    Megan Fox is great eye-candy, but she doesn't have any acting credentials.

    Not that Rose McGowan is any Cate Blanchett either – but she seemed more promising and fitting for the role. And the promo posters looked great.

    Red Sonja needs to have action and blood – but it CANNOT be simply an action film! It MUST have a good story and character development for it to really work, otherwise it will suck. Just like Clash of the Titans did.

  14. there is a god Rose Mcgowin is not Red Sonja material she too short and delicate for the role My no#1 pick for the role is (Laura Prepon) from that seventies show fame

  15. im a sonja and id be honored if megan fox played me. XD haha jk :P