The remake of 1982's Conan the Barbarian is on its way and replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger as the infamous warrior will be Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis, North Shore). Yeap, Ronon is the new Conan and if that's not all, Mickey Rourke may be playing his father!
Ronon Dex is the character that Momoa is most well known for playing from four of the five seasons of Stargate: Atlantis and the upcoming film, Stargate: Extinction.
It was reported that Momoa met with Lionsgate last week and did a great job in his screentests and presenting himself with the execs, however they held off offering him the role until a certain other actor had the chance to audition. Long story short, Momoa had another test this week and now he's got a career-defining role after spending most of his young career in the television business.
In October, Screen Rant reported on the casting breakdown for the Conan remake and the following description was given for the ideal actor for the title role [SPOILER Warning]:
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
Momoa is ripped but I expect he'll be doing some bulking up if he wants to be compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger's take on the Barbarian. He meets most of the requirements listed above and I'm up for seeing what he can do as Conan. He did play a bad-ass warrior dude in Stargate, not too different - he just won't have that cool gun to battle Thulsa Doom (played by James Earl Jones in the original).
Latino Review is also exclusively reporting that Jason Momoa not only beat out Kellan Lutz and John Brotherton, but that the other candidate for the role was Supernatual's Jared Padalecki who auditioned for the role this week before they decided on Mamoa. Padalecki had an in for the audition having worked with Conan director Marcus Nispel before on the Friday the 13th remake and he auditioned last week.
That's not all, El Mayimbe also got the exclusive that they've offered the role of Conan's dad to comeback wonder Mickey Rourke who hit it big with The Wrestler last year and will kick-off this summer as the lead villain in Iron Man 2.
What do you think of Jason Momoa as Conan and Mickey Rourke possible playing his father?
Conan will be directed by Marcus Nispel and will likely open in summer 2011.
Source: Latino Review