‘Conan,’ ‘Hobbit’ production news
In other Conan news, Rose McGowan reportedly is joining the cast of Marcus Nispel’s planned “Conan” remake, according to Variety.
She joins Ron Perlman and Stephen Lang in the cast, and will play, according to the article, an “evil half-human/half-witch.” McGowan’s casting in “Conan” likely puts the kibosh on the rumored “Red Sonja” remake that was heavily hyped at Comic-Con a few years back. Unless “Conan” takes off, and McGowan moves from it to “Red” in time.
Meanwhile, production inches closer to a start date on Guillermo del Toro’s “The Hobbit.”
Posting on his official Web site, Sir Ian McKellen – who plays the wizard Gandalf – says production on the two-film adaptation should begin in June.
“(The) two films, start shooting in New Zealand in June,” he writes. “Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script, too, proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.”
“The Hobbit” is expected to be in theaters in 2012.