Today, the new trailer for Lionsgate’s Conan the Barbarian hit the web with a splash. The minimalist teaser trailer has been put out of my mind in place of this brutal footage, which doesn’t necessarily delve into the story but delivers scores of savage violence that the film is required to have. Directed by Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th), that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. I’m particularly stoked about the ensemble cast, including Stephen Lang as the villain Khalar Zym and Rose McGowan as the witch Marique; they both look fantastic in full make-up and costume.
My biggest concern is about star Jason Momoa, who’s best on Game of Thrones (in which he plays a similar character) where he barely speaks. I don’t think he has any charisma, appeal or talent and certainly doesn’t have the draw power that even the ’82 Arnold Schwarzenegger had. He could be the weak link in the Conan chain, but if the action is as unforgiving as it seems it is in this trailer, it won’t matter.
Check out the new footage below and make sure to catch Conan the Barbarian on August 19.