According to our friends over at Latino Review a source over at Millenium films told them that actor Stephen Lang was offered the role of one of the main villain, Khalar Singh, in Marcus Nispel's Conan. Lang played the main badass villain in James Cameron's Avatar.
He was offered the role but there is no deal in place yet, I'm sure his reps are negotiating with the studio's reps. Here is a breakdown of the character from a leaked casting sheet.
Khalar Singh is in his 40s to 50s, Asian or Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mongol, Turkish, or Persian, open to all ethnicities; commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won. He is driven in his quest to find the Queen of Acheron and has been building an empire to do so.
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. When Khalar’s search has finally narrowed to the likely discovery of the queen at a monastery of female monks, he also learns Conan is older and hungry for revenge…
I think Stephen Lang did a great job as the villain in Avatar, and I'm sure he would do a fine job in Conan as well, even though all signs point to the reboot ending up being a crappy movie. Maybe we'll all be pleasantly surprised?
What are your thoughts of the possibility of him coming in to play a villain in the CONAN reboot.