New Moon Star Kellan Lutz in the Running for Conan Lead?
Posted 01.17.10 by BrentJS
Director Marcus Nispel's (Pathfinder) reboot of the Conan franchise is less than two months away from its intended production start in Bulgaria, yet there have been no cast announcements made. In fact, other than a leaked character casting list, there has been virtually no news about this project.
The producers may be zeroing in on a few potential candidates for the role of Robert E. Howard's Cimmerian barbarian, however. Only days ago, Deadline reported that New Moon star Kellan Lutz and Jason Momoa of TV's Stargate: Atlantis were in the running for the lead, along with a third, "unnamed but better established actor." Then, celebrity site JustJared claimed that "sources" had revealed that Jared Padalecki of the popular TV series Supernatural was that third actor being considered for the role.
Nu Image/Millenium and Lionsgate are partnering to produce the as-yet-untitled Conan movie. Screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer each wrote drafts of the screenplay, though it's unclear which version will be used for production.