Stephen Lang, the guy who played Colonel Miles Quaritch in Avatar, has been offered the part of head bad guy in the remake of Marcus Nispel's Conan. The role is Khalar Singh and it sounds like one that Lang could knock out of the park.
Latino Review reports that Lang hasn't yet signed on the dotted line, but this seems like a role that is right up his alley. It would also elevate the status of Conan, which up to this point hasn't seemed like that awesome of an idea.
Here are some of the details about Khalar Singh and how he inspires Conan to revenge:
His goal is to find the Queen whose blood will bring life to the demonic minions of Acheron while making himself king of this hellish power. With this power, Khalar will protect his legacy against the onslaught of master sorcerer, Thoth-Amon so that his weak son, Fariq may rule after his death. While riding into a Cimmerian village to recruit his old comrade, Corin, his large collection of mercenaries slaughters them to the last soul when Corin refuses to join them. The village’s only survivor was young Conan.
This is definitely sounding cool, especially when you imagine Stephen Lang playing this ruthless, war-mongering dictator.
That said, if Lang does accept the part I hope this doesn't mark this beginning of him playing heavies for the rest of his career. He's got the acting chops to do a wide range of roles, and it would be nice to see him play a part where he's not trying to annihilate an entire people.
It's sad that we're not going to get to see him the sequel to Avatar. Although, let's not rule it out: last we heard the sequel was actually going to be a prequel, which leaves room for Colonoel Quaritch to make an appearance.
So does this get you more excited to see Conan? Is this going to be the awesomest fantasy film since Legend?
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