Mickey Rourke(The Wrestler) has confirmed that he will play Genghis Khan in an upcoming film written by John Milius(Apocalyspe Now). Genghis Khan was the founder and emperor of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest empire in history after his death. Rourke says the story is written from the perspective of Khan’s son and grandson.
Other cast members are still unknown and a release date and title have not been announced yet.
Although Rourke is a great actor it does bother me that an Asian actor was not chosen for the role. Khan was undeniably an Asian historical figure and to cast a white actor in the role seems to feed into Hollywood’s notion that Asian actors are unbankabl.e