We’re still months away from the August premiere of Marcus Nispel’s Conan the Barbarian reboot, but star Jason Momoa (who you can see right now on HBO’s Game of Thrones) is already talking about the role, and what we can expect from the flick.
In an interview with MTV Splash Page, Momoa revealed that the film is a “revenge story,” detailing how Conan, a Cimmerian warrior, witnesses the death of his parents, then spends his life wondering before usurping a throne and seeking out the evil Khalar Singh (Stephen Lang) to take his vengeance. The flick will also star Ron Perlman as Conan’s father, Rose McGowan as a (sexy) evil witch and Rachel Nicholas as Tamara, possibly Conan’s love interest.
Momoa spoke on the film’s take on the Conan character, and revealed what he consulted before preparing for the role.
“It kind of is an origin story. It’s rebuilding and rebooting the franchise…It starts with his birth, what happened to his family, what happened to his father—obviously his father is killed—and him going into the pirating and the thieving and wandering and being the degenerate that he is and then usurping a throne and finding out who killed his father. It’s a revenge story, with a little bit a love in there.
“I went to the source material. I went to Robert E. Howard. I’ve never played a role that’s this rich. So much material. I was a big comic book fan. I haven’t actually seen the Arnold stuff… I’m excited to see it. I was three years old when it came out. I want to see mine and then I’m going to watch that one, back to back. I’ve never played a role that was played by someone else. As an actor, to build the character I wanted to use my imagination and be creative and use my own interpretation.”
As much badassery as those Arnold flicks have packed into them, it’s probably a good thing that Momoa is avoiding them until he’s finished with this film. If you’re basing it on looks alone, his Conan actually bears a much stronger resemblance to Robert E. Howard’s original character, and it sounds like the plot might fall in line with some of those classic original Weird Tales stories. Maybe by the end of all this, we’ll have two barbarians to celebrate.
Conan the Barbarian hits theaters August 19.
Via: The Daily Blam