Amber Heard Favorite to Play Red Sonja
Now that Conan the Barbarian 3D is nearly complete, everyone over at production company Nu Image must be looking to see what’s coming up next. According to EmpireOnline.com that next big project just might turn out to be Red Sonja.
Apparently producer Avi Lerner let slip that the project, which has been development hell for a while, could end up back on the agenda. Currently Simon West (The Mechanic) is the being looked at to direct and Amber Heard is the favorite to fill Sonja’s oh-so practical chain-mail bikini.
Sonja was previously embodied onscreen by Brigitte Nielsen in 1985, with Arnold Schwarzenegger also on-hand as Prince Kalidor. Next up, she was supposed to appear in a projected film that was to star Rose McGowan, with Robert Rodriguez producing and Doug Aarniokoski (Highlander: Endgame) behind the camera. That whole idea was basically scrapped, which brings us to today and Avi Lerner’s confirmation that Sonja is still very much a going concern.
Lerner said: “We didn’t want to start it until we’d finished Conan. We will definitely shoot Red Sonja in between Conan and Conan 2. We already chose the director: an English guy called Simon West.”
Regarding the casting of the lead role, Lerner also said:
“We’re talking to a few girls for the role of Sonja, but we just finished a movie called Drive Angry with Amber Heard, and I want to see her. She’s my favorite for the role.”
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