Mother of Nekron, the woman pushing him to conquer the world; hints of Lady Macbeth, hints of incestuous desire. The power behind the throne, she might be regarded the true villain of the piece. I picture only one woman taking the role:
The Lord of Fire Keep, he exudes the wisdom of age but - naturally - remains a tough motherfucker you wouldn't want to mess around with. My pick for the part:
He's the right age, he's got the right look, he's got that awesome gravelly voice, and of course he's worked with Rodriguez before in Sin City. What else need be said? He's your man.
Come on, this is a Rodriguez movie, we all know she's got to be in there somewhere. And hey, if she's not going to be Red Sonja anymore, she can at least get one sword & sorcery redhead role. And she'd do a great job. I've noticed it's become quite popular among fanboys to bash her name ever since Rodriguez's directorial career has been sidetracked by his failed attempts to get star vehicles for her off the ground (both the aforementioned Red Sonja and Barbarella), but I say to hell with that. She's a fine actress, she's classic movie star sexy, and she was great in Planet Terror, so I for one would love to see her in more movies. Even so, she's definitely not right for the one role left to fill on my imaginary casting sheet...
Yes, I saved until last the one character whose casting - from my typical red-blooded heterosexual male perspective - is the most fun to ponder (note that it's the only piece of casting Harry Knowles came out and asked Rodriguez about). The sheltered princess of Fire Keep, longing for adventure but utterly unprepared once she's thrust headfirst into it, she radiates child-like innocence and good-heartedness, yet finds she's not incapable of standing up for herself when pushed. And, of course, she does all this whilst wearing the flimsiest, most transluscent bikini ever designed, serving to cover almost nothing of her luscious, voluptuous physique. I have no doubt this will be the most hotly contended role, with innumerable way-too-skinny pretty girls in line for the job. What can I say, for me only one name springs to mind: