El Mayimbe over at Latino Review has been following Marcus Nispel's upcoming Conan film pretty closely, and got the inside scoop on the casting of the latest actor to play the Cimmerian barbarian --- Stargate: Atlantis star Jason Momoa.

The thirty-year old Momoa was on a short list of actors that included Kellan Lutz and Jared Padelicki. Momoa will start training soon for the action film, which shoots this Spring. Lionsgate and Nispel are eyeing Mickey Rourke for the role of Conan's father.

The film is not a direct remake of the original Conan the Barbarian movie, but will be an entirely new adventure featuring Robert E. Howard's most famous character, in what Lionsgate hopes will be the start of a new action-fantasy franchise.

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