Rachel Nichols Joins Conan While Mickey Rourke Leaves

As if I needed another reason to watch the upcoming Conan movie, news broke on IMDB (and confirmed by Latino Review) that Rachel Nichols, of dubious G.I. Joe fame, will play the character Tamara.

The casting breakdown describes Tamara as 18 to 24 years old, Caucasian or Middle Eastern, open to all ethnicities; beautiful, studious, correct, a novitiate of a Greek influenced monastery. A master of martial arts, she has been trained to be the Queen’s servant, bodyguard and best friend. She and many other female bodyguards to the queen have been in hiding most of their lives because of the curse of Acheron, which would take the queen’s life to bring almost immortal power to its king. When Khalar Singh, a powerful warlord with ambitions to become the king of Acheron, storms the monastery and captures all of the novitiates, she is separated from Ilira, the one she must protect. With all of her strength and will, Tamara is determined to find and rescue her. She finds herself in league with Conan because of a mutual need to find Khalar Singh. She is not in the least intimidated by Conan’s size or grim demeanor and their alliance eventually blossoms into something that surprises them both…

And in other Conan news, the same poster that broke the Nichols’ casting news also reports that Mickey Rourke will no longer play Conan’s father, Corin, presumably because of scheduling conflicts with his role in War of the Gods.

The Pulse: I kid about Nichols involvement in G.I. Joe, but I’ve seen her in other roles where she did a fine acting job. Her addition to the cast could work out well. As for the Rourke news, I hope that this one is wrong, because I think he’d be great as Conan’s father.

Conan is being produced by Lionsgate and will be directed by Marcus Nispel. No release date has been set.

Credit: Superhero Hype

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