Djimon Hounsou Is Thulsa Doom

The Conan baddie gets his own movie

Djimon Hounsou Is Thulsa Doom

by Chris Hewitt |
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You can’t move these days without bumping into a planned adaptation of a Robert E. Howard character. Michael J. Bassett is currently beavering away in post on Solomon Kane. Robert Rodriguez is going to produce Red Sonja (although, strictly speaking, she’s not a Howard character) with Rose McGowan starring. There’s been talk of a new Conan flick for ages.

And now Thulsa Doom – the bad guy played by James Earl Jones in 1982’s Conan The Barbarian – is set to join them, this time in the guise of Djimon Hounsou.

The Oscar-nominated actor has just struck a deal with Dynamite Entertainment, publishers of a new Thulsa Doom comic due out next year, to bring the sorcerer to the big screen in an origin tale that will show how the once-heroic Doom took his first steps toward the dark side and despotic tendencies. We’re saying he was damned from the start with a surname like that.

There’s no word yet on a director, screenplay, or attached studio, so it’s very early days yet.

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