March 15, 2010 / 6:22 AM / 9 years ago

"Conan" books "G.I. Joe" actor

French actor Said Taghmaoui gestures to photographers at the Marrakesh 9th International Film Festival December 5, 2009. REUTERS/Jean Blondin

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Said Taghmaoui, who played Breaker in the summer hit “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” has booked a role in “Conan,” a new take on the barbarian warrior created by Robert E. Howard.

Taghmaoui is playing a leader of thieves who is saved by Conan (Jason Momoa) and later offers him aid.

Stephen Lang, the bad guy in “Avatar,” has come aboard as the villain of the movie directed by Marcus Nispel. His character is a ruler in search of a queen whose blood will bring life to the demonic minions of a long-lost god.

Mickey Rourke was in talks to play Conan’s father, but those discussions fell apart. The role remains open. Shooting is scheduled to start this week in Bulgaria.

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