Jason Momoa enrolled in an intense six-week training program at a stunt and martial arts academy in Los Angeles for his part, while still finalizing negotiations for the film.
Jason Momoa is by his own admission afraid of horses, so all his horse riding scenes had to either be faked or filmed with doubles.
Jason Momoa and Rachel Nichols would later be offered the roles of Drax the Destroyer and Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Both turned the roles down, and Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana, respectively, took them.
Dolph Lundgren, then Mickey Rourke, were in talks to play Corin, Conan's father, but Rourke turned it down to do Immortals (2011) before Ron Perlman was cast.
After production on the film was completed, Jason Momoa (Conan) went on to star as Khal Drogo in the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones (2011). Nonso Anozie, who played Conan's shipmate Artus, would star as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the second season of the series.
Ron Perlman, who plays Conan's father Corin, previously voiced Conan himself in the video game Conan (2007) and the unreleased animated film "Conan: Red Nails".
The film was originally rumored to be a remake of the original Conan the Barbarian (1982). It was revealed that the film was not a remake, but a reboot, and it had been intended to be more true to the original stories by Robert E. Howard.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was offered the role of Corin, Conan's father, but declined. Schwarzenegger played Conan in the original Conan the Barbarian (1982), of which this film is a remake.
Kellan Lutz and Jared Padalecki were considered for the lead, which eventually went to Jason Momoa.
The ship "Hornet" is a fairly accurate replica of a seventeenth or eighteenth century Chinese junk, especially with its three square sails.
A "Conan" sequel was abandoned when this film did poorly at the box-office. However, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played Conan in the original Conan the Barbarian (1982), announced he was to return in the role of Conan, which he last played in 1984, in a long-awaited second sequel "The Legend of Conan", which will be a direct sequel to the 1982 film.
Prior to playing Conan, Jason Momoa had played extraterrestrial warrior Ronan Dex in the television series Stargate: Atlantis (2004).
Brett Ratner was originally attached to direct before being replaced by Marcus Nispel.
The film had spent five years in development at Warner Bros. before the rights were shifted to Nu Image/Millennium Films in 2007.
While in pre-production, Conan was a temporary title for the film, until it was changed to Conan 3D. Finally, early in December 2010, the title was changed to Conan the Barbarian, the same as the 1982 film.
The $90m budget was almost double that of the original Conan the Barbarian (1982), when adjusted for inflation (£46.6m at 2011), but recouped less than 23% of its predecessor's inflation-adjusted take during its theatrical run.
Steven O'Donnell (Lucius) is known for playing Eddie Hitler's gormless friend Spudgun in the BBC sitcom Bottom (1991).
Jason Momoa's Game of Thrones (2011) co-star Emilia Clarke would go to star opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys (2015). Schwarzenegger played Conan in the original Conan the Barbarian (1982).
Chris Hemsworth, who was considered for the role of Conan, would go on to play Thor, the God of Thunder, in the MCU movies.