The last bit of news we heard from Marcus Nispel's upcoming remake/reboot of Conan the Barbarian, cleverly titled Conan, was that Stargate: Atlantis thespian Jason Momoa would star as the titular warrior and the ever-busy, ever-terrifying Mickey Rourke was playing his father. Now, Latino Review is reporting that Avatar's Stephen Lang, he of Na'Vi punching, Hometree exploding fame, has been offered the role of the villain, one Khalar Singh.

Who is Khalar Singh? Funny you should ask, 'cause those guys over at Latino Review also have a snippet from a leaked casting outline:

"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."

It goes on, but it's a little spoilery. Just know that the phrases "demonic minions" and "master sorcerer" are used, so you should consider yourself on board. Follow the link if you have no will and want to know more.

But what of Stephen Lang? Does he seem like the type described above? Well, he is of an ethnicity, he is commanding in size and manner and he sure can do "brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned." I'm also pretty sure he wages and wins campaigns for breakfast. This is a man who regularly crushes his enemies, sees them driven before him, and hears the lamentations of their women

Lang is one of "those faces," a brilliant character actor who has popped up all over the place and has finally landed in the spotlight (if you haven't already, check out the excellent Public Enemies, where Lang quietly steals the show from the two movie star leads). His scenery chewing in Avatar was the best special effect in the movie, so much so that I'm pretty sure I had bite marks on my 3D glasses. More Lang = Better Movies. That's mathematics, folks.

The generally mediocre Nispel and the pretty-boy Conan (he could probably fit comfortably inside one of Arnie's pecs) still feel like weak links, but getting to see Stephen Lang pound folks with a broadsword more than makes up for that. This is the point in the piece where I point out that this is by no means a done deal and for all we know, it could be a big 'ol rumor. But I don't care. Stephen Lang. Warlord. I'm there.
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