McGowan as Red Sonja
Rose McGowan is going to play Red Sonja in the remake of the film which saw the still amazing Brigitte Nielsen play the character for the first time.
The film will not be directed by Robert Rodriguez as some would expect, instead it will be a long term associate of his, Douglas Aarniokoski. Interestingly they aren't holding court with the original film and will go back to the original Robert E. Howard novel
I was surprised when Rose brought me a script of Red Sonja that she liked...I found it very entertaining. Sonja was strong, smart, cunning — just about everything she'd have to be to survive...Rose is a pistol. She's whip-smart, has attitude to burn, is sexy, extremely strong, yet has a vulnerable side that would surprise her closest friends. That description also fits Red Sonja."
So Rodriguez, unsurprisingly enough, thinks that McGowan is the one to take up the role, but I suspect that she took some persuading:
"When they first came to me with it, I thought it was funny...I do have a body made for sitting on a veranda with mint juleps and a parasol. I don't know why I always have to save the planet."
However she does agree that her personality is very much like that of the character, she's a scrappy person, "leans towards physicality" and fought back from the many scrapes life has thrown her way.
That's all sales talk though, really she's sexy, voluptuous, and could carry the role of an amazonian type barbarian woman. Plus handy that her and Rodriguez are a couple and the director's a collegue.
All that rubbish aside, she's got the part and I think she might be okay for it. However she won't stand up to Nielsen whom I had the pleasure of standing behind her at the airport once and she was surprisingly polite and looked fantastic.
Aarniokoski, the director, has a number of films under his belt as Second Unit or Assistant Director, including Tekken, Resident Evil: Extinction, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
What do you think of this Sonja, is it set for success?