Stephen Lang May Play Lead Villain In Conan The Barbarian
As the best human part of Avatar by far (sorry, Sigourney Weaver), Stephen Lang was bound to have casting offers flooding his way, all from films likely looking for the same hard-bitten badass he was as Col. Miles Quaritch. Now he may have found the first perfect fit-- Latino Review reports that Lang has been offered the role of Khalar Singh, the main villain in the new Conan the Barbarian movie.
As you may have guessed from the character's name, Lang represents a bit of color blind casting-- the character is described as "Asian or Middle Easterns, Central Asian, Mongol Turkish or Persian; commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior." That all sounds about right, and so long as they don't try and give Lang some brown body paint, it's pretty much OK that he's lily white. Conan himself, Jason Momoa, won't be white for the first time, so at least that's something.
Latino Review also provided the full description of the role Singh will play in the film, which you can read below. Lang's casting isn't official yet, but we can't expect him to keep up all those muscles for nothing, so I'd expect to see him taking the role before too long.
His goal is to find the Queen whose blood will bring life to the demonic minions of Acheron while making himself king of this hellish power. With this power, Khalar will protect his legacy against the onslaught of master sorcerer, Thoth-Amon so that his weak son, Fariq may rule after his death. While riding into a Cimmerian village to recruit his old comrade, Corin, his large collection of mercenaries slaughters them to the last soul when Corin refuses to join them. The village’s only survivor was young Conan. When Khalar’s search has finally narrowed to the likely discovery of the queen at a monastery of female monks, he also learns Conan is older and hungry for revenge....
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