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Amber as the new Red Sonja ?

September 7th, 2011     11:25 am

Here is an article about the project of Red Sonja, that was previously started by Robert Rodriguez, with as Red Sonja, but now it’s possible that Amber will be the new Red Sonja, directed by Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider).

A few years ago, a reboot/remake/relaunch of Red Sonja was in the works with Rose McGowan attached to star and Robert Rodriguez producing.While that adaptation fell apart, producer Avi Lerner still plans to bring the buxom red-headed barbarian back to the big screen. Lerner tells Empire that they’re planning to shoot Red Sonja after Conan and that Simon West (The Mechanic) will direct:

We didn’t want to start it until we’d finished Conan,” he tells us, but with confidence in Marcus Nispel’s revivified warrior growing, and a sequel already in development, Lerner reveals that “We will definitely shoot Red Sonja in between Conan and Conan 2. We already chose the director: an English guy called Simon West.”

And who does Lerner see as his new Sonja? Rising star Amber Heard. Hit the jump for more on Lerner’s dream casting.

Lerner says West plans to direct Sonja after he wraps on The Medallion starring Nicolas Cage. And as for who he wants as Sonja, it’s Cage’s Drive Angry co-star, Amber Heard:

We’re talking to a few girls for the role of Sonja,” he says, “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.”

Mandy Lane as a sword-wielding, free-running warrioress? Oh hells yes. “Amber is the new Red Sonja… but she doesn’t know it yet!” laughs the producer. “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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