THR’s Heat Vision blog is reporting that Mickey Rourke is in negotiations to play Conan’s father in Marcus Nispel’s Conan. Last October Latino Review reported that Rourke had been offered the role, but Heat Vision reports that early negotiations fell apart and only a few weeks ago did the parties come back to the table. In related casting news, pro wrestling star Shad Gaspard revealed that he has auditioned for the role of the main villain Ukafa, opposite lead star Jason Momoa.
Writing on his MySpace page, Gaspard also included the casting call for the role:
He’s in his 30s-40, very dark-skinned African or African American, massively framed at six-foot-five, gold-toothed, hardened by a lifetime of war, a leader of Kushite Tribemen from the savannahs of Kush. Ukafa is Khalar Singh’s second in command, jealous that Singh’s son, Fariq, will one day be warlord. He obeys his leader but plots the overthrow of his son. He is a mighty warrior and unbeatable in battle until he comes face to face with Conan. LEAD….
In other news, Superhero Hype! reports that Sean Hood has been brought on board to do a very late rewrite to the script (the film begins shooting in Bulgaria on March 15th).