Selon The Hollywood Reporter, Ant-Man and the Wasp Star Hannah John-Kamen has been officially selected for the lead role in Millennium’s developing film adaptation of Red sonja, based on the sword and witchcraft comic book character by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. The sword-wielding hero made her first live debut in the 1985 version where she was portrayed by Brigitte Nielsen. The actresses who were previously tied for the role are Rose McGowan and Amber Heard.
“Hannah is a very talented actress who we have followed for years and she IS Red Sonja,” director Joey Soloway said in a statement. “His range, sensitivity and strength are all qualities we were looking for and we couldn’t be more excited to take this journey together.
This marks John-Kamen’s first major feature film project as a frontrunner after appearing as a villain or as a supporting character in a number of high profile films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tomb Raider, Player One loan, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. She will then be seen as Jill Valentine in Sony Pictures’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.
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Red sonja is a sword and witchcraft character who was created by Robert E. Howard, writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor Smith for Marvel Comics in 1973. The character is described as fiery enough and strong enough to take on Conan while refusing his advances. His solo comics are still published today by Dynamite Entertainment.
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The reboot film has been in development since 2010 when a handful of directors were attached to lead the project. In 2019, Joey Soloway, winner of the Emmy Awards (Transparent) was eventually hired to take the director’s chair with Tasha Huo as screenwriter.
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the Red sonja the film is produced by Mark Canton (300, Power) et Courtney Solomon (After) will produce with Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman on behalf of Campbell Grobman Films. Producers also include Topple’s Andrea Sperling, Millennium’s Yariv Lerner, Jeffrey Greenstein, Younger, Les Weldons, Joe Gatta and Tanner Mobley with Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson and Trevor Short, Dorothy Canton and Luke Lieberman of Millennium as executive producers.