Ryan Reynolds No Longer Leading Summit's Reboot of 'Highlander'
Back in the fall of 2011, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders, 28 Weeks Later) was hired to direct Summit Entertainment's film reboot of the fan favorite franchise Highlander. Since then, Ryan Reynolds became attached to lead the film, but late last year Fresnadillo fell away from the project, and now The Wrap reports the film is without a leading man as well. The Green Lantern star has reportedly backed out of the production as well, leaving producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis to start all over. Reynolds' departure comes after Summit wasn't able to find a replacement for Fresnadillo quickly enough.
However, the good news here is that Summit might actually have an easier time finding a director now that they can cast a new lead to their liking. The question is who can step into the shoes once filled by Christopher Lambert? The lead character is that of an immortal Scottish swordsman forced to confront the Kurgan, an unstoppable barbarian who lusts for the power gained from there being only one of near-immortal beings left alive. This is something I would like to see Ewan McGregor step into, or maybe it can serve to revitalize the career of Gerard Butler. As for a director, there's a chance Justin Lin, who flirted with the project for a couple years before boarding Fast & Furious 6, might come back, but nothing is set in stone. Hopefully we'll have a director and leading man soon. Thoughts?