Simon West to direct Red Sonja; Amber Heard to star?

Remember back when fanboys were all hot and bothered at the thought of Robert Rodriguez's proposed Red Sonja remake? His on again/off again love toy Rose McGowan was to star, and we got no shortage of posters and concept art to whet our appetites. Then the studio wanted a bigger lead actress, and rather than compromise all sides bailed. But the project isn't dead, and producer Avi Lerner has already decided who he wants to spearhead it.

“We will definitely shoot ‘Red Sonja’ in between ‘Conan’ and ‘Conan 2.’ We already chose the director: an English guy called Simon West,” Lerner said.

West is a popular choice around these parts, not just because we recently had a chance to speak with the Con Air director, but because he makes the type of high octane action flicks we love. His latest film, The Mechanic, I think is his personal best. He's no Robert Rodriguez, but that doesn't mean he can't bring something strong to the table.

But nobody cares about that. Who's gonna wield the sword and wear the loincloth of Red Sonja? Who will nerds like me be drooling over on billboards for the next couple years?

"We're talking to a few girls for the role of Sonja,” he said, “but we just finished a movie called ‘Drive Angry’ with Amber Heard, and I want to see her. She’s my favourite for the role.”

Well heck, she's my favorite too! She's got all the necessary "assets" to get the job done. Sign me up!

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