Conan Movie Character List

Moviehole has posted a listing of characters from the forthcoming Conan movie, which begins filming in February. The list is quite long, with included concept writeups for each character. It even has a few Picts listed as supporting characters, so that is a big plus in my book. The article also mentions that producers are not nessesarily looking to cast a "name" to portray Conan. All we can do now is pray to Crom for a great movie! 

Here are a handful of entries that caught my eye:

[CONAN] He's in his 20s to early 30s, Caucasian, powerfully built, broad-shouldered, sun browned skin lined with scars. Piercing blue eyes and square-cut black mane, tall. He is a savage killer that has matured into the refinement his father tried to teach him when he was young. Conan is very smart, almost inhumanly strong, and very cunning. His entire life, from the moment of his birth, has been shaped by violence. Being the last of his tribe and having to watch his father die a cruel death, he is determined avenge his peoples slaughter by killing all those who led the attack on the Cimmerians, including the all-powerful Khalar Singh. He is prepared to die in order to accomplish his goal. What Conan did not expect, was to find a reason to live… LEAD
[CORIN] He's in his 30s to 40s, Caucasian, powerfully built, intelligent, graceful, master swordsman, skilled blacksmith, de facto leader of Cimmerians and Conan's father. He resolves to answer the terrible request of his dying wife and cuts Conan out of her so she can see him. He then shoulders the burden of raising Conan, which proves to be daunting given the boy's savage nature. Corin teaches his son the meaning of the sword: a hot blade must be cooled and tempered. When Khalar finally corners him and tortures him to death, he shows no regret nor pain, hiding his concern for his son's safety from the eyes of the enemy. SUPPORTING
[REMO] He's in his 30s, any ethnicity, thin, feral, misshapen, a mysterious warrior of dark magic who travels by shadow and surprises men with a quick death. He leads a band of tracking Shadow Scouts under Khalar Singh's employ. He can be immensely fast and devious, his soul as twisted as his body. SUPPORTING
[PICT] He's in his 30s, any ethnicity or dark-complexioned Caucasian ("pict" is Latin for "painted one") the fourth in the band of Pict Savages. He survives Conan's onslaught and brings Khalar Singh to where the Cimmerians camp. He is promised the heads of his enemies.
[YOUNG CONAN] Caucasian, tough and wiry, scary violent. At ten, he insists on joining the teenage boys entering their rites into becoming warriors. When four Picts cross his path and kill one of the boys, Conan unleashes a savagery that goes too far for a warrior. His father takes him aside and personally trains him. His father teaches him what makes a good sword but he has still much to learn what makes a good swordsman. When the Cimmerians are attacked by Khalar Singh and his mercenaries, Conan is the only survivor, the last of the Cimmerians. SUPPORTING


Akrasia said...

I'm not sure what to make of this. I don't remember "Khalar Singh" being in any of Howard's stories (although I might be wrong about that). I'm concerned that this may be another 'Conan' movie that bears only a superficial resemblance to the original tales.

Shane Mangus said...

We share the same concern. I am cautiously optimistic about the new Conan movie, but I wouldn't be a true Howard fan if I wasn't. It is more likely than not that in the end we will have a new movie with Conan in the title, but the Conan we all know and love will not truly make an appearance.

Anonymous said...

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I follow movie news online more than I do gaming, and the plot synopsis for this was out some months back, too... and it's far from a faithful adaptation.

It sounds more like a Scorpion King sequel than a Conan story. They seem to think they are making an epic heroic fantasy tale, complete with an Evil Dark Lord enemy, and Conan being cast in the role of last of his people and the Chosen One destined to save the world. I kid you not!

Read between the lines in the cast list you linked to and you can tell what they are doing. It's based on generic Conan rip-off style barbarian stories not REH. I guess we can hope for a miracle, but it doesn't look good.

Shane Mangus said...

I believe your observations are pretty solid. I doubt we will see a miracle, so I am hoping in the end it won't be a complete disaster... like the Scorpion King was!

kathulhu said...

I have always wanted to read the books but I've never gotten around to it. I love the original Conan movie. I have to say it's in my top 10 of all time. I'm very nervous about the new adaptation especially if it gets the Scorpian King treatment. Bleh.