Ever since being created by Robert E. Howard in a series of fantasy stories published in Weird Tales magazine starting in 1932, Conan the Barbarian has been a fixtu
But the majority of audiences are probably familiar with him from his 1980s exploits on the big screen, where he was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger — in 1982′s Conan the Barbarian, and 1984′s Conan the Destroyer. Attempts at follow-up films in this series were unsuccessful, especially after Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California, so efforts for another Conan film were shelved for a while. Until this year.
The revamped Conan the Barbarian takes the the legendary warrior, now approaching his 80th birthday in pop-culture terms, back to his gory, pulp-fiction roots, with plenty of sword battles, damsels in distress, evil villains and wizards, and monsters. Jason Momoa (Stargate: Atlantis) plays the title role, alongside Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova), Rose McGowan (Charmed) and Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy). (Morgan Freeman is also featured as, what else, a narrator.)
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â€śConan the Barbarianâ€ť is available starting Nov. 22 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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