Red Sonja Movie Finds Its Lead In Genre Veteran Hannah John-Kamen
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The Red Sonja Movie Finds Its Lead In Genre Veteran Hannah John-Kamen

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BY May 7, 2021

The Red Sonja movie has been in the works for awhile, and now things are finally moving forward with Hannah John-Kamen in the titular role. The actress joins writer/director Joey Soloway who replaces Bryan Singer on the project. Writer Tasha Huo is also onboard, a new voice in the world of entertainment. Let’s take a look at everyone who is involved with the Red Sonja movie so far, and what we can expect from this big-screen comic book adaptation.

A Genre Veteran Will Be Red Sonja

Hannah John-Kamen Red Sonja Ant-Man & The Wasp Image via Marvel Studios

Hannah John-Kamen is one of those actresses you’ve definitely seen before, even if you don’t know her name. She played the villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp so she already has some comic book movie cred. And the rest of her filmography is a veritable feast of genre entertainment. She recently starred in the adaptation of Brave New World on Peacock. And among the other titles in her resume are shows like Killjoys; The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance; Black Mirror, and Game of Thrones. She even appeared in a Star Wars, with a bit part in The Force Awakens.

“Hannah is a very talented actress who we’ve been following for years and she is Red Sonja,” said Soloway in a statement. “Her range, sensibilities and strength are all qualities we have been looking for. We couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey together.”

Acclaimed Writer/Director Soloway Moves To Genre Entertainment

Joey Soloway Hannah John-Kamen Red Sonja Joey Soloway | Image via Wikimedia Commons

Joey Soloway is a writer and director best known for their groundbreaking series Transparent. Soloway was the creator of that series, with much of the story based on their own life. Soloway previously worked on prestige dramas like Six Feet Under; Grey’s Anatomy, and The United States of Tara.  Although Soloway did produce the film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women in 2017, the Red Sonja movie marks her first real foray into genre entertainment.

It appears that Soloway is a long-time fan of Red Sonja. And the hiring of a well-known queer writer/director in Soloway means that Red Sonja might finally give us the queer woman superhero that fans have been waiting for.

“I have loved Red Sonja forever and I feel so honored to help shepherd her story and start this cinematic journey. There could not be a greater moment in our world for Red Sonja‘s ways of wielding power and her connection with nature and our planet,” said Soloway. “She is an ancient heroine with an epic calling, and translating that to the screen is a dream come true for me as a filmmaker.”

Red Sonja Should Be A Queer, Feminist Superhero Film

Hannah John-Kamen Red Sonja Image via Marvel Comics

Red Sonja was created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in the 1970’s for Marvel Comics. She was originally born out of the Conan the Barbarian comics, before getting her own title. Her origin story is a bit questionable (it involves rape). And her depiction over the years has been undeniably sexualized and sexist. When people think of sexy ladies in metal bikinis there are always two that come to mind – Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back and Red Sonja. However, it seems as though this new film will depict Red Sonja as the fierce, feminist, and queer superhero she has always been. Here’s hoping they cut out the unnecessarily traumatic backstory.

Hannah John-Kamen definitely looks the part of Red Sonja. And all of her years of genre acting has prepared her for this lead role. This is definitely some excellent casting, and we look forward to hearing more casting news as the movie develops. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.

Featured image via Marvel Studios


Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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