Breaking News! The long delayed Red Sonja reboot has finally cast their she-devil! Ant-Man & The Wasp’s Hannah John–Kamen has been cast in the title role. For years now, a Red Sonja film has been in various stages of development. The earliest iteration would’ve seen Rose McGowan play the warrior with Robert Rodriguez directing. By 2011, that had fallen through, and Red Sonja switched hands. In 2018, X-Mendirector Bryan Singer became attached to direct, but the outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations led to fan outcry over his involvement. Singer was officially removed and replaced with Joey Soloway in 2019. In February, Tasha Huo signed on as screenwriter.
The character of Red Sonja first appeared in a Conan the Barbarian comic in 1973, though she later graduated to her own series. The “sword and sorcery” hero was first brought to the big screen in a 1985 movie starring Brigitte Nelson; though it included Arnold Schwarzenegger, it wasn’t a direct spin-off of his Conan the Barbarian. Since then, Red Sonja has mainly kept to the pages of comic books.
Now Red Sonja has added another player to its growing team: The leading lady herself. Millennium Media announced today Hannah John-Kamen has been cast as Red Sonja for the film. No further details, such as a production start date or other casting notices, were given. Nonetheless, this is major development for a long in-development movie that has been without a star. Soloway said in a statement:
“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.”
Hannah has the stature and physique to pull off the role for sure. She just needs bright red hair and the look will be complete. The actress is no stranger to action roles either. Outside of the Ant-Man sequel she has starred in Syfy’s Killjoys; Ready Player One and Game of Thrones. She’ll next be seen in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City as Jill Valentine.
For fans who have waited a long time to see an updated Red Sonja movie, this is a thrilling update that bodes well for the future.