It seems that actor Mickey Rourke could be gearing up to take on a feared Mongol leader for a new biopic. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Rourke is circling Genghis Khan, which was written by John Milius. Here's an excerpt from the site's story.
"I read his script and you know, the man is known for his tough writing. He wrote Conan and Dirty Harry and Apocalypse Now, and it'll be interesting to see how he works behind the camera. I'm playing Genghis. John wrote as a piece told from the son and grandson's point of view, how they saw this mythic figure from their family. You see him in flashbacks, back when he was in his mid-40s. And back then, being in your mid-40s was being REALLY old."
Rourke also talked about stepping into the character at the age of 57.
"I rode quite a bit, back in the day. The horseback riding won't be too much of a problem. I probably ride a horse better than I drive a car. There's going to be some archery from horseback called for that I have to do, so that'll be interesting, physically. I've got some very good stunt people that I work with almost exclusively. Garrett Warren and Mark Colburn will be with me. It'll be a fascinating experience, maybe shooting in parts of India, they tell me, and China. I've never worked in either of those countries, so that'll be new. Historically, if you read about the guy, he was a mystery. There's a lot of myths surrounding him, but also some true stories. Milius went through that in prepping this, so he'll be a fascinating character to play."
We'll be sure to keep you updated on this new project as soon as we have more information.