Last August, Patrick Walsh made mention of the fact that A) there was to be a prequel to The Scorpion King (itself, he noted, already a prequel to a sequel to a remake), and that B) Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would not be returning to his role as ancient warrior Mathayus.

Well, in the meantime, it seems that the filmmakers did indeed find somebody to "reflect the charisma and comedic elements of the character created by The Rock, especially in his warm, relaxed and humorous relationship with Layla, the young girl whom he has grown up with, and with whom he experiences a growing sexual tension" in former Power Ranger Michael Copon.

Nothing against Mr. Copon, but if the recently revealed cover art over at DVD Active seems to be any indication, then Universal's marketing team is (wisely) shifting their focus upon baddie Sargon, played by Ultimate Fighting Champion Randy Couture. It may be difficult to judge Couture's acting ability from his recent turn as a fight commentator in David Mamet's Redbelt, but something tells me that director Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction) and company were more concerned about his range of motion over emotion when it comes to swinging swords and the like.

For those precious few of you out there actually looking forward to this, The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior is scheduled to hit shelves on August 19th, mere weeks after a certain other franchise continuation conveniently hits screens.