Mickey Rourke Will Be Playing Genghis Khan, Which Makes Perfect Sense

Looks like all that practice that Mickey Rourke has had terrorizing Hollywood’s night life will find a practical purpose. The Iron Man 2 baddie says that he’s signed on to play Mongol Empire founder Genghis Khan, and if you can think of an actor who’s better suited to re-create Khan’s bloody streak of marauding, burning and pillaging, we’d like to hear it.

According to Rourke, the project will be written and directed by John Milius, who penned Apocalypse Now and the soon-to-be-remade Cold War classic Red Dawn:

“I read his script and you know, the man is known for his tough writing. He wrote Conan and Dirty Harry and Apocalypse Now, and it’ll be interesting to see how he works behind the camera. I’m playing Genghis. John wrote as a piece told from the son and grandson’s point of view, how they saw this mythic figure from their family. You see him in flashbacks, back when he was in his mid-40s. And back then, being in your mid-40s was being REALLY old.”

Though details are still being hammered out, the Mickster reveals that the role will take him to some far-flung locations:

“It’ll be a fascinating experience, maybe shooting in parts of India, they tell me, and China. I’ve never worked in either of those countries, so that’ll be new.”

They better start preparing for him now. Because even when he’s not in character as one of history’s fiercest warlords, he can be quite the handful.