Mickey Rourke To Play Genghis Khan?


Mickey RourkeSource: The Orlando Sentinel

The success of The Wrestler has made Mickey Rourke one of the busiest men in Hollywood. The 57 year old actor has five films in various stages of production (not counting Walter Hill’s crime drama St. Vincent, which Rourke told the Sentinel is “not gonna happen”) and even more in development. One such project is a Genghis Khan biopic, written and directed by John Milius (Conan The Barbarian, HBO’s Rome), that will find Rourke getting savage as the ancient ruler.

On the developing epic, Rourke had this to say: “the man (Milius) is known for his tough writing. He wrote Conan and Dirty Harry and Apocalypse Now, and it’ll be interesting to see how he works behind the camera. I’m playing Genghis.” He added, “John wrote as a piece told from the son and grandson’s point of view, how they saw this mythic figure from their family. You see him in flashbacks, back when he was in his mid-40s. And back then, being in your mid-40s was being REALLY old.”

Rourke also mentioned projects that he’s working on with his Man On Fire and Domino director Tony Scott, which include a remake of the German crime film Potsdamer Platz and a potential biker gang film. Says Rouke: “Yeah, we’re doing that. Talking to Tony about a ‘Hell’s Angels’ movie, too,” Rourke said. “I’ve been working on a motorcycle gangs script for 20 years, so I hope that happens.”

Mickey as a Hell’s Angel? We’re already buying our tickets for that one! Until more information comes in on these new ventures, you can catch Rourke as arch-villain Whiplash in next months Iron Man 2, as a fellow soldier of fortune in Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables in August and as a trumpet player who romances Megan Fox in Passion Play, due this Winter.