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RED SONJA moves ahead with Simon West directing and Amber Heard as the favored lead

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
February 10th, 2011


RED SONJA is not dead after all. According to a recent statement made by Avi Lerner to Empire, the producer has a director and actress in mind for the role of the red-haired warrior.

Here is what he had to say:

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

Simon West is not a great choice in my opinion. He has not directed a good film in my opinion since he did CON AIR, making this a major step down from Robert Rodriguez. Not only that, but apparently we are going to have to deal with more than one CONAN. The remake or reboot or whatever you want to call it, just looks horrible to me.

There is a silver lining in my opinion. Lerner is looking to cast Amber Heard in the lead. Here's what he had to say:

“We’re talking to a few girls for the role of Sonja, but we just finished a movie called DRIVE ANGRY 3D with Amber Heard, and I want to see her. She’s my favourite for the role.”

Heard has definitely found herself a niche for roles in genre films and RED SONJA would be a good role for her.  I am really looking forward to seeing her in DRIVE ANGRY, so this news makes me happy.

Lerner goes on to say:

“Amber is the new ‘Red Sonja’... but she doesn’t know it yet! When you write it she’ll get the shock of her life! She’ll call me and say ‘How dare you talk to Empire before you talk to me?!’"

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