Conan the Barbarian hits theaters on August 19, which will reboot this classic character originally created by Robert E. Howard. Jason Momoa will play this new version of Conan, and recently spoke about the origin story in this remake.
"It kind of is an origin story. It's rebuilding and rebooting the franchise...It starts with his birth, what happened to his family, what happened to his father-obviously his father is killed-and him going into the pirating and the thieving and wandering and being the degenerate that he is and then usurping a throne and finding out who killed his father. It's a revenge story, with a little bit a love in there."
The actor also talked about how he prepared to take on this popular character.
"I went to the source material. I went to Robert E. Howard. I've never played a role that's this rich. So much material. I was a big comic book fan."
"I haven't actually seen the Arnold stuff. I'm excited to see it. I was three years old when it came out...I can't wait to see it. I want to see mine and then I'm going to watch that one, back to back. I've never played a role that was played by someone else. As an actor, to build the character I wanted to use my imagination and be creative and use my own interpretation."