When the initial rumors of Ryan Reynolds circling the role of Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod rose, people were skeptical that he could do the part justice. Those people must not remember what Highlander is as a franchise.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a bigger Highlander fan than you normally encounter, and Christopher Lambert’s Connor is an iconic genre character. There just isn’t a ton of hollowed ground in this franchise, which should be obvious to anyone who has seen one of the 13 different versions of Highlander 2.
Now those rumors are becoming reality as The Tracking Board is reporting that Reynolds has finally signed on to the reboot:
After roughly a month of negotiations, Ryan Reynolds has officially been cast in the lead role for Highlander. Reynolds will play Conner MacLeod, a Highlander who discovers he is one of a dwindling group of immortals who wander the earth and kill each other in combat for the final “Prize” – mortality.
Of all the 80’s era properties that are getting reboots today, this is one that makes a ton of sense. Reynolds is a good actor, and has shown some real action chops in three unfortunate comic book movies. Hopefully this franchise will finally be the one that suits his specific talents.
You know how we generally feel about reboots and remakes around here. I’ll spare you the long version and just say we’re not usually a fan of them. Naturally, when we heard about a remake of the semi-classsic 1986 sci-fi fantasy film Highlander, we were skeptical to say the least.
However, a new development may just change our attitude. According to the distributor of the new film, as reported by Deadline, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is the pick to take the helm of the reboot. Here’s the statement (at least part of it) telling us just that:
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will direct Summit Entertainment’s re-imagination of the cult film Highlander co-financed by RCR Media Group. Summit’s HIGHLANDER is written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Mortiz and Peter Davis will produce the project along with Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Atienza. Production on the film is slated to begin spring of 2012.
In HIGHLANDER, after centuries of dueling to survive against others like him, Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his kind, a murderously brutal barbarian, who lusts for the Prize.
In case you can’t figure out why we many be giving this one the benefit of the doubt (at least for now), you need to keep in mind that Fresnadillo directed 28 Weeks Later, which is very good, as well as the recent Intruders, which is getting great buzz and premiering at the Toronto Film Festival.
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