According to his official myspace blog, WWE Pro wrestler Shad Gaspard is past the first part of casting and may be the lead villain in the upcoming Conan film. According to his blog, Shad is up for the part of Ukafa, “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.”
The film is based on author Robert E. Howard’s “Conan the Barbarian” character, which he created in 1932. The character has since been adapted into multiple mediums, from previous films, TV series, comic books, and cartoons.
The film has a tentative 2011 release date, and would be a film reboot of the Conan films, which were “Conan The Barbarian” in 1982 and “Conan The Destroyer”, both starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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