He got the job, though how Stephen Lang–as fine an actor as he is–will inhabit the role of a character described as “Asian or Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mongol, Turkish, or Persian” is a little bit beyond me.
Actually, I have an idea. Change the script. Actually, just change the names. That’s all. Lang can play a villainous Aquilonian noble who becomes “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.”
And while you’re at it, change the lead character’s name to something else, like Ragnar, or Conal, or Dave. Use the Hyborian setting and mythos if you like, and maybe call the movie “In the Land of Conan,” or something like that to trade in on the name, but please don’t take a shit on Conan.
Not that I expect this to totally suck, I just expect this to be on par with the Scorpion King, which isn’t a horrible movie, but certainly doesn’t live up to Robert E Howard’s immortal creation.
Won’t someone please think of the Cimmerians?