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Although Lionsgate stumbled in its early marketing of Conan the Barbarian, the studio’s latest efforts have been firing on all cylinders, from the first theatrical trailer to the character posters to the initial television spot. Now comes the second television ad, which totally sells Marc Nispel’s 3D franchise reboot with plenty of new action footage filled with lots of clashing swords, shouting and exploding things. I say that as someone who’s never particularly been a fan of Conan, in any medium. I could do without the music, though.
A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.
The film, which opens on Aug. 19, stars Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Raad Rawi, Nonso Anozie, Bob Sapp and Milton Welsh.