The long-gestating Red Sonja project finally has its lead actor, with Hannah John-Kamen confirmed to be taking on the title role.

Red Sonja, the fearsome female warrior from the ages of Conan The Barbarian, is a reboot project that seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time to bring to the screen. For a dozen or so years now various attempts have been made to get the film off the ground, with creative talent such as Robert Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Simon West, Megan Fox, Amber Heard all attached at various points. Then Bryan Singer was going to make the film. Then, for reasons, he wasn’t.

Despite several attempts bringing the character back to the silver screen for the first time since Brigitte Nielsen’s 1985 outing , the project has never even seemed close to production.

However, Millennium Media seems to have finally gotten its version into gear. Tasha Huo is now scripting the latest incarnation of Red Sonja. Huo is also working on the upcoming Tomb Raider animated show for Netflix. The project already has a director, in the form of Joey Soloway.

Hannah John-Kamen, perhaps best known for playing the phasing antagonist Ghost in Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp, will be picking up the sword to play the fearsome flame-haired warrior.

Says Soloway about the casting: “Hannah is a very talented actress who we’ve been following for years and she is Red Sonja. Her range, sensibilities and strength are all qualities we have been looking for and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey together.”

It certainly brings the long-gestating project one step closer to fruition. Kamen has an intensity that would really suit the role too. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about the film.

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