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Conan Has a New Daddy

By TK Burton | Industry | March 15, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | March 15, 2010 |

The casting wheels go round and round for Marcus Nispel’s Conan. A few weeks ago, it was reported that Mickey Rourke would be taking on the part of Corin, father of Conan. Well, Rourke has moved on (possibly because Conan is looking kind of… meh) to Tarsem Singh’s War of the Gods. Singh’s project (I refuse to refer to him as just “Tarsem”) is an interesting-sounding one, although if his past efforts (The Cell, The Fall) are visually arresting, if ultimately unfulfilling. War of the Gods, according to Singh, is about:

“A purported bastard who retains an allegiance to his mother despite the fact that he longs to join the quest of a king who is battling demons in ancient Greece later embarks on a grail of discovery that has him finding he is the king’s son and also fated to become his country’s greatest hero as he leads the successful war against long-imprisoned Titans who are hoping to use the demons to restore their power.”

Interesting. It seems to piggyback on some of the themes in the upcoming Clash of the Titans remake. Hopefully Singh can inject it with a little more than stellar effects and dazzling visuals.

Meanwhile, possibly taking Rourke’s place in Conan is none other than genre favorite Ron Perlman, who is currently in negotiations to play Corin. Perlman’s actually an excellent choice — it gives the flick some much-needed geek cred. He’s got the size, the build and he’s beloved by the likely audience for the film. He’ll join Jason Momoa (Conan), Stephen Lang (Khalar Singh), and the recently announced Rachel Nichols (mmmm…), who will play Tamara, a royal bodyguard who fights alongside Conan. Also recently joining the cast is Said Taghmaoui, who was most recently in the miserable G.I. Joe as Breaker.

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