Young Conan Cast in Upcoming Franchise Reboot
02.18.10 by BJSprecher
Director Marcus Nispel's (Pathfinder) Conan reboot has taken one (small) step closer to being ready for its March 15th production start in Bulgaria with the news that the role of young Conan has been cast. According to LatinoReview, the role of the boy who will one day become King of Cimmeria has gone to Leo Howard, who played the young version of Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and most recently appeared in Robert Rodriguez's Shorts as Laser.
The title role of the adult version of Robert E. Howard's famous barbarian was only recently cast, after coming down to a decision between three actors: New Moon star Kellan Lutz, Jared Padalecki of TV's Supernatural, and Jason Momoa of TV's Stargate: Atlantis. Momoa was said to have won the coveted role thanks in part to his deft handling of a sword during the audition process.
When the news that Momoa had been cast in the lead role in Conan broke several weeks ago, LatinoReview reported that Mickey Rourke had been approached to appear in the movie as Conan's father, Corin, but nothing more has been heard of this rumor and no further casting announcements have been made. Screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer each wrote drafts of the screenplay, and Andrew Lobel (Delirium and the Dollman) is said to have been brought in to do script revisions. Nispel's as-yet-untitled Conan feature is slated for a 2011 release.