Rachel Nichols Cast as Conan Love Interest
03.06.10 by BJSprecher
With production on director Marcus Nispel's still-untitled Conan reboot set to start in less than two weeks in Bulgaria, one more of the lead roles has finally been filled. According to LatinoReview, Rachel Nichols has been cast in the role of Tamara, a love interest and equal in combat to Conan. The official cast description for the role, as posted on Moviehole, reads:
[ TAMARA ] She is 18 to 24 years old, Caucasian or Middle Eastern, open to all ethnicities; beautiful, studious, correct, a novitiate of a Greek influenced monastery. A master of martial arts, she has been trained to be the Queen's servant, bodyguard and best friend. She and many other female bodyguards to the queen have been in hiding most of their lives because of the curse of Acheron, which would take the queen's life to bring almost immortal power to its king. When Khalar Singh, a powerful warlord with ambitions to become the king of Acheron, storms the monastery and captures all of the novitiates, she is separated from Ilira, the one she must protect. With all of her strength and will, Tamara is determined to find and rescue her. She finds herself in league with Conan because of a mutual need to find Khalar Singh. She is not in the least intimidated by Conan's size or grim demeanor and their alliance eventually blossoms into something that surprises them both. LEAD
According to the list, there are four lead roles, three of which have been filled so far — Conan (Jason Momoa), Ukafa (Bob "The Beast" Sapp), and Tamara (Nichols) — leaving only the main antagonist, Khalar Singh, yet to be cast. The only other role that has been filled is that of young Conan, which will be played by Leo Howard, Nichols' G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra cast mate. There is still no official word on the rumor that Mickey Rourke will play Conan's father, Corin
Conan the Barbarian was created by fantasy author Robert E. Howard and first appeared in the short story "The Phoenix on the Sword" in Weird Tales in December 1932. Conan's adventures take place during the mythical "Hyborian Age," a period of time shortly after the fall of Atlantis and before the rise of the ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The character has appeared in two movies, two animated series, a short-lived live-action TV series, and numerous short stories, comic books and novels.