If there was a non-technical star in Avatar, it was Stephen Lang. As Colonel Quaritch, he brought a great deal of humor and murderous prowess. James Cameron’s movie needed a great villain in order to work, and he was the perfect man for the job. To his credit, he also stole Grant Heslov’s Men Who Stare at Goats in the first five minutes. The guy is as intense as they come, the perfect mix of aggressiveness and charisma to play just about any bad guy.
The folks at Millenium seem to have picked up on this, as they’ve offered him the role of Khalar Singh, the main villain in Marcus Nispel’s upcoming Conan reboot. This from the reliable folks over at Latino Review. The offer is out, and the ball is in the court of Lang, who just finished up work on White Irish Drinkers for director John Gray. He doesn’t appear to have anything else on the books for the rest of this year, leaving him free to terrorize Jason Momoa’s Conan.
The description of Singh is as follows (beware of spoilers):
He’s in his 40s to 50s, Asian or Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mongol, Turkish, or Persian, open to all ethnicities; commanding in size and manner, a warlord and formidable warrior, brilliant, cruel, weathered and tanned by the many campaigns he has waged and won. He is driven in his quest to find the Queen of Acheron and has been building an empire to do so. 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…
Formidable warrior? Cruel? Yep, he can do that.