Rachel Nichols, Star Trek XI‘s Orion Gaila, will be joining Marcus Nispel‘s Conan.
Nichols, who played Scarlett in last year’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, joins fellow G.I. Joe actor Leo Howard, who played Young Snake Eyes. Howard has been cast as Young Conan.
Landing the role of Tamara, Nichols beat out several contenders for the part, such as Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) and Sarah Shahi (The L Word).
According to the casting breakdown for the role, Tamara is “18 to 24 years old, Caucasian or Middle Eastern, open to all ethnicities; beautiful, studious, correct, a novitiate of a Greek influenced monastery.
“A master of martial arts, she has been trained to be the Queen’s servant, bodyguard and best friend. She and many other female bodyguards to the queen have been in hiding most of their lives because of the curse of Acheron, which would take the queen’s life to bring almost immortal power to its king.
“When Khalar Singh, a powerful warlord with ambitions to become the king of Acheron, storms the monastery and captures all of the novitiates, she is separated from Ilira, the one she must protect.
“With all of her strength and will, Tamara is determined to find and rescue her. She finds herself in league with Conan because of a mutual need to find Khalar Singh. She is not in the least intimidated by Conan’s size or grim demeanor and their alliance eventually blossoms into something that surprises them both.”