Ryan Reynolds No Longer Leading Summit's Reboot of 'Highlander'

June 18, 2013
Source: The Wrap

Ryan Reynolds

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?

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    Good. This will crash and burn.
  • m4dswine
    This is the point I decide Hollywood has gone too far. Don't mess with classics!
    • cobrazombie
      At this point, why not?
  • Deefke
    Michael Fassbender would be a great Highlander !
  • timnimbus
    I have seen every highlander show, cartoon, and movie hoping to see a fresh take on the series. For example the quickenings are frusterating because nothing happens once the immortals take heads and get supposed knowledge/strength when taking another immortals head. You don't see increased speed, strength, agility, or supernatural powers from any of the characters. Its just alot of the same in every adaptation. So you get left bored waiting for the Queen song to rock out to. Ryan Reynolds has the physical ability but he is just to comical and corny for this type of role. I wouldn't mind seeing someone who has the accent to match location setting. The older series has had some pretty sweet sword play action (respectively with little or no CGI) with a pretty epic Queen song.Though I am a long time fan of the series, I wouldn't mind seeing a fresh take on it. My vote is Gerard Butler...
    • TheNightofTheHunter
      RR was not comical or corny at all in Buried and SmokinĀ“ Aces, was he? But I agree. He needs to stop taking on this junk. He is too good for this.
      • timnimbus
        I guess Green Lantern just left a bad taste in my mouth. He didn't really grasp how Green Lantern needed to be/act like. I would of much rather of had him be the flash. Don't get me wrong. He can act, but I just don't think highlander would suit him. Deadpool would be perfect for him.
  • ilgora
    My vote is definitively Kevin McKidd. Highlander must be a real highlander
    • Britain Roush
      Agreed, needs to be a scot. Lambert's accent was awful. Only good part was Connery and Queen. How about Richard Madden (Robb from Game of Thrones) in another sword-wielding role?
  • Fidel Reyes
    Well good for him this is probably a good call on his part.
  • Richie G
    I remember loving the first two as a kid (never watched the others). Saw the first one again last year and it didn't really hold up. Still has great potential so bring it on, so long as the story is there
  • lerryjee
    Paging Will Smith.
    • cobrazombie
  • dude
    Mads Milkkensen




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