Jason Momoa is set to star in the upcoming CONAN THE BARBARIAN movie, taking on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legendary role. Prior to scoring the Conan role, Momoa was best known for his role as Jason Ioane on Baywatch Hawaii and Ronon Dex in Stargate Atlantis. Momoa has always been in great shape, winning Hawaii’s Model of the Year award in 1999. He really ramped up his workout routine for Conan to develop a true warrior look. At 6’5, 215lbs, Jason Momoa certainly has the Conan the barbarian body. While Arnold’s portrayal of Conan involved a bigger, more powerful look, Momoa’s body is highly muscular but lean enough so that he looks like he can move like a warrior. This is a role focused on both strength and stamina and Momoa should be able to display both. Because Jason Momoa wanted to build a functional, yet intimidating body, he began training with stunt coordinator David Leitch (Bourne Ultimatum) and Chad Stahelski (The Matrix). His goal was to gain 10lbs of lean muscle.
Generally speaking, gaining 10lbs of muscle is a pretty difficult feat. However, Jason Momoa was able to accomplish this through a challenging training routine. It’s likely that along with combat training, he focused on low rep, heavy weight training to develop lean, defined muscles. With a production schedule taking shape, Momoa headed straight into an intensive training regime, spending six hours a day for a month and a half with the Los Angeles based action design team 87eleven before heading to Bulgaria where the shooting of Conan The Barbarian was set to begin.
“That process really helped me understand the character,” says Momoa, who did most of his own stunts. “Conan speaks through his sword. He’s got to because he’s not one for words. So the sword training with Master sensei Chad Stahelski really helped me find Conan’s core.” Weight training with Eric Laciste rounded out the day’s work and helped the six-foot-five actor bulk up before cameras rolled.
The most legendary Barbarian of all time is back this Season. Deftly adapted from the original works of Robert E. Howard and faithful to the mythology and psychology of his iconic character, CONAN THE BARBARIAN (3D) stars Jason Momoa (Baywatch Hawaii), Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Star Trek), Stephen Lang(AVATAR), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Rose McGowan (Charmed, Grindhouse), Saïd Taghmaoui, and Leo Howard. The film is directed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, Pathfinder), and written by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood. Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Millennium Films in association with EFF Independent Productions and a Conan Properties International, LLC production and is being distributed in India by Hira Films P. Ltd. Scheduled for 3D and 2D theatrical release on 26th August, 2011, CONAN THE BARBARIAN shall be enjoyed in about 750 screens in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages.
Having thrived and evolved for eight consecutive decades in the public imagination- in prose and graphics, on the big screen and small, in games and properties of all kinds- Conan’s exploits in the Hyborian Age now come alive like never before in a colossal 3D action-adventure film. After his father is murdered and village destroyed, Conan ventures into an unforgiving world where he survives as a thief, pirate, and warrior. On his path of wanton adventure and women, Conan chances upon the warlord responsible for his tribe’s destruction. As he tracks Khalar Zym, Conan battles monsters, Zym’s henchmen, and Marique, a powerful witch.
A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN was filmed over 12 weeks on locations throughout Bulgaria, and at Nu Boyana Studios’ diverse sets and stages. Production Designer August, and a crew that sometimes numbered 400, created about 60 different sets.
Momoa’s creativity as an artist seemingly has no bounds. Jason is currently in pre-production on “Road To Paloma,” an art-house road tale which he has written, will direct and also star. He wrote, directed and produced “Brown Bag Diaries: Ridin’ the Blinds in B Minor,” a short film that has been getting recent buzz.