Simon West to Direct RED SONJA; Amber Heard Top Choice to Star

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A few years ago, a reboot/remake/relaunch of Red Sonja was in the works with Rose McGowan attached to star and Robert Rodriguez producing.  While that adaptation fell apart, producer Avi Lerner still plans to bring the buxom red-headed barbarian back to the big screen.  Lerner tells Empire that they’re planning to shoot Red Sonja after Conan and that Simon West (The Mechanic) will direct:

“We didn’t want to start it until we’d finished Conan,” he tells us, but with confidence in Marcus Nispel’s revivified warrior growing, and a sequel already in development, Lerner reveals that “We will definitely shoot Red Sonja in between Conan and Conan 2. We already chose the director: an English guy called Simon West.”

And who does Lerner see as his new Sonja?  Rising star Amber Heard.  Hit the jump for more on Lerner’s dream casting.

Lerner says West plans to direct Sonja after he wraps on The Medallion starring Nicolas Cage.  And as for who he wants as Sonja, it’s Cage’s Drive Angry co-star, Amber Heard:

“We’re talking to a few girls for the role of Sonja,” he says, “but we just finished a movie called Drive Angry with Amber Heard, and I want to see her. She’s my favourite for the role.”

Mandy Lane as a sword-wielding, free-running warrioress? Oh hells yes. “Amber is the new Red Sonja… but she doesn’t know it yet!” laughs the producer. “When you write it she’ll get the shock of her life! She’ll call me and say ‘How dare you talk to Empire before you talk to me?!’”

Heard strikes me as a little too petite for a role which was played by the 6-foot Bridgette Nielsen in the 1985 adaptation.  Of course, Heard is taller than McGowan, and Hollywood cinematographers have perfected the art of making actors appear taller or shorter than they actually are.  Also, I haven’t seen Heard kick ass in Drive Angry and if she’s got the ferocity required for the role, then I’m open to seeing her grab a broadsword and don a chain-mail bikini (actually, I’m open to that in any situation whatsoever).






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  • tonamania

    I just looked at that pic and now I have to change underwear…

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  • Grimcicle

    Here’s a novel idea: how about we instead get an actual buxom redhead to play a buxom readhead?

    • Shawn

      Even if the actress is not naturally a red head, she still needs to be “buxom”.

  • ThePotatoPope

    In R.E.H.’s novels, I don’t think she is ever mentioned as tall, so height shouldn’t matter. She would probably have to bulk up, which shouldn’t be a problem with a good trainer.

    Most Red Sonja stories are based off of the comics instead of novels, but I can’t remember if she it portrayed tall or not.

    Really as long as they give her time to properly train in sword fighting, she would do a good job.

    • Al Harron

      “In R.E.H.’s novels, I don’t think she is ever mentioned as tall, so height shouldn’t matter. She would probably have to bulk up, which shouldn’t be a problem with a good trainer.

      Most Red Sonja stories are based off of the comics instead of novels, but I can’t remember if she it portrayed tall or not.”

      Howard never mentioned her in any of his work. The character who inspired Red Sonja, Red Sonya, was a 16th Century Russian swordswoman who wore pretty much what a man would wear during the time period. Roy Thomas created a new character loosely based on Red Sonya into the Hyborian Age for the Conan comics. Outside that, there’s no link between Red Sonja and Robert E. Howard.

  • larry

    whoa this is looking good, and those are huge!!!!

    • Grimcicle

      Angles.

    • Blairmore

      The girl is really highschoolly thin and there’s not much boobage to her.
      She is trying for a 5,6 movies now (informers, stepfather, drive angry…) to be this seductress but she really fails at that.

      Get some curves girl and tell me know when you’re about 30 we’ll arrange a date

    • Blairmore

      The girl is actually very highschooly thin and has not much of the boobage. I saw her tying to be this seductress in a bunch of movies recently (stepfather, informers, drive angy trailer…) but she rather fails there.

      She’ll get o be a real woman eventually but she needs to rack some years and a waist. Than she should call me.

  • Shawn

    She’s beautiful, but a little too young and just doesn’t have the full breasts to truly fit the part.

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