This all sounds very familiar.  When the original Conan movie was in the works, the production company hired and Austrian body builder to swing the sword and bring order to the Hyborian Age.  For the remake Nu Image/Millenium and Lionsgate have repeated the formula by picking up 41-year old Roland Kickinger to play Conan.

Conan begins shooting in the fall.

via The Risky Business Blog

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12 Comments

  1. George McBain
    June 19, 2009 at 8:53 am — Reply

    … huh …

  2. Hitman Sam
    June 19, 2009 at 8:59 am — Reply

    Looks like Flex Mentallo.

  3. hermit
    June 19, 2009 at 9:10 am — Reply

    but, can he act?

    i love the old Conan movie, but shwarzy can’t act to save his life, and that threw me off from time to time while watching the movie.

  4. Regolio
    June 19, 2009 at 10:39 am — Reply

    Looking at the guy’s webpage, he’s multilingual, but English ain’t one of them listed. The site’s in English though. Odd.

  5. ~wyntermute~
    June 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm — Reply

    Holy crap. This guy _looks_ like a “Conan”, and not O’Brian. And let’s hope he can act, at least a little more than the standard “stoic, mono(or close to)syllabic noble-warrior.” Otherwise, I might almost rather have that Other Conan I mentioned in this movie…

  6. June 19, 2009 at 3:59 pm — Reply

    Oops. I saw “actor found” and mentally added the word “dead” after it — isn’t that the way you normally see the phrase “actor found” in headlines??? ;)

  7. benty
    June 19, 2009 at 9:35 pm — Reply

    I forgot he did this commercial, think he’s been acting for years too

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9cW5iysKBU&feature=related

  8. June 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    Isn’t he a bit old to be a young Conan? I think Ahnold was in his late-twenties to mid-thirties when he first played the Cimmerian.

  9. June 21, 2009 at 9:09 am — Reply

    Isn’t it a bit weird to be restaring an action movie franchise with a 41-year old guy in the lead?

  10. Randallw
    June 21, 2009 at 8:54 pm — Reply

    well it might be a remake that starts with King Conan. Besides, the link has someone debunk the whole idea anyway.

  11. tool
    June 24, 2009 at 1:19 am — Reply

    He was on Son of the Beach with Leila Arcieri, Jaime Bergman, and Timothy Stack. He spoke his lines in English.

  12. July 9, 2009 at 11:36 am — Reply

    they’ve picked roland for his uncanny resemblance to arnie. roland actually starred as arnie in a biopic

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