"Conan the Barbarian," updated

Jason Momoa takes over for Schwarzenegger in a career-making role

Published May 5, 2011 11:01PM (EDT)

A face only a Cimmerian could love?
A face only a Cimmerian could love?

"Conan the Barbarian" ... too soon? I mean, is it too soon after "Thor" to have another strapping lunk of man parade across pretty scenery for two hours while taking our $13 and calling it a movie? Because, honestly, I'm starting to forget who the target audience is for these type of films (and by "these types" I'm referring to "300," "10000 BC," "The Eagle," "Clash of the Titans," etc.), because it's all brawny guys and fighting.

I guess they appeal to "Game of Thrones" fans, which makes sense considering "Conan" star Jason Momoa currently stars on "Thrones" as Khal Drogo, leader of the Dothraki tribe. And here he is, defeating bad guys and a witchy Rose McGowan in this summer's "Conan!"

Now, before we jump on the "this looks terrible" bandwagon, let's remember that the original "Conan," back in 1982, starred a bodybuilder with absolutely no acting experience. So what I'm saying is: Work hard, Jason, and maybe someday you too can become the Governator.

"Conan the Barbarian" will arrive in theaters Aug. 19. Excited yet?

By Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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