Is Ryan Reynolds Officially The One in Highlander Reboot?

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Ryan Reynolds in Safe House (2012) Movie ImageRyan Reynolds has been talking with Summit about boarding their “Highlander” reboot for a while now (the news of his involvement first surfaced back in May), and now according to online reports, Reynolds has indeed signed on the dotted line to play Conner MacLeod, the role originally played by Christopher Lambert in four major movies in the “Highlander” franchise, including guest spots on the popular spin-off “Highlander” TV series.

Word of Reynolds’ official boarding of the project comes courtesy of The Tracking Board, who also writes:

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” – immortality.

Read that again. So Reynolds’ MacLeod is an immortal who kills other immortals to claim … immortality? Huh? How does that work, exactly? That’s either a typo or someone doesn’t quite understand the meaning of “immortality”.

In any case, Reynolds is coming off the disappointing “Green Lantern”, the movie that was supposed to launch him into franchise mega movie star status. It didn’t quite work out, though I hardly think it was Reynolds’ fault. He was perfect for the role, in my opinion. In fact, he’s a heck of a lot more perfect for Green Lantern than he is for something as potentially very somber as the “Highlander” franchise, which calls for a brooding hero who has seen it all. Ryan Reynolds doesn’t look like he’s seen it all; Ryan Reynolds looks like he’s read it all, but never actually lived it. Isn’t that his, you know, thing?

I suppose they could tailor the franchise to Reynolds. Make it, I don’t know … more peppy? More smart alecky? Or he could surprise us all and turn in a brilliant, brooding performance. Hey, if I can’t put a pair of swords in Reynolds’ hands in a “Deadpool” movie, a “Highlander” film is the next best thing, I suppose.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) will direct.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    I am NOT happy. Fox has been dragging their feet on DEADPOOL and now with Reynolds onboard to front the Highlander reboot, it’s looking like it’s realistaclly not gonna happen. Which sucks because that film would’ve been amazing!!!!

    • Juggernaut

      Looks like it’s time to give up on the hope of seeing a Deadpool movie with Reynolds as the lead.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        NOPE!!! I WILL NOT DO IT!!! Only because the other choices we had to play him probably wouldn’t do it or would be overlooked forthe part.

    • ErickKwon

      Yeah, watching the fanflick “Deadpool; A Typical Tuesday” made me feel pissed all over again that we haven’t gotten Reynolds in a proper movie.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        YEah I watched that finally. For a fan filom it had the right tone. Amd the Hot COffee moment was definite DP!! I’d love to have seen Reynolds in a short like that or something.

  • Jason Morrison

    I thought Christopher Lambert’s character’s name is Duncan MacLeod?

    • Juggernaut

      Nope, Lambert’s character’s name was Connor. The TV show followed one of his family members named Duncan.

    • Ramón.E.Ayala

      Christopher Lambert’s Character is Connor MacLeod,Duncan MacLeod was played by Adrian Paul. essentially Connor’s Relative.

  • Juggernaut

    I’m not thrilled about this news. There are other actors better suited for the role.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Kevin McKidd!! He’s decent with a sword, and was pretty badass in Bunraku! AND He’s actually Scottish!

      • Juggernaut

        I think he’d be a badass McLeod! Who’s your pick for Kurgan!

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Ray Stevenson!!!

        • ErickKwon

          Keeping with the “Game of Thrones” references, how about Jason Momoa as Kurgen?

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            I thought about that I really did. And then you say that and I think Conan and now I’m all Stephen Lang as Kurgen!

          • ErickKwon

            Why not both or more? I think it’d be great if there were multiple bad Immortals who aren’t necessarily working together. An issue I always had with the original was that Kurgen was the only villain and after the opening fight, present day-MacLeod didn’t seem to do a whole lot but wait for that final bout between flashbacks.

    • ErickKwon

      I can think of any one of several Brit/Irish/Welsh/Scottish actors who might fit better: Gerard Butler, Luke Evans, Matthew Macfadyen, Third Guard from season one-episode two of “Game of Thrones,” etc. But the decision to go with an American actor tells me this is going to be a very drastic reboot

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        I would’ve loved any of those choices as well. Especially Butler, or Evans.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        Hey, the Third Guard from Season One, Episode Two of Game of Thrones was brilliant, man. So was Angry Dothraki in Season One, Episode Nine.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          LMAO!!! Can someone find a name!

      • ErickKwon

        But if this IS going to be a drastic reboot starring Ry Rey, I think rejiggering MacLeod into someone like Richie Ryan from the TV show would make sense of the casting. MacLeod could be a modern American bro, maybe a criminal or a cop, who is killed in action, quickens, and draws the attention of good and bad Immortals.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          That would work!!! And Ramirez playde by Antonio Banderas would be his mentor.

          • ErickKwon

            Hey, until we get to see him in another “Zorro”

            “Pray for mercy from Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez… in boots!”

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            LMAO! But you know he’d rock the part!!!!

          • ErickKwon

            Absolutely, and at this point, he’s only a few years younger than Connery had been when he played Ramirez

  • X_p

    wow after the green lantern disaster and reynolds disappearance i actually had hope he was gone forever.
    imagine my disgusted surprise to find out hes gonna be the one! no not the matrix but the highlander???
    wtf man haha i guess they really just dont give a shit about movies anymore. ima go dl some foreign movies to make me feel better.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      As bad as most feel GL was, he’s still a decent actor when given good stuff. “Buried” was actually pretty good. That said he’s definitely wrong for this part.

      • X_p

        ya i half liked gl and i liked reynolds as deadpool all 4 minutes of it. but i dont like it when one actor gets to be multiple super heroes. i feel reynolds is better in lighter movies. comedies to be exact. he was already in blade 3, gl, and wolverine and now hes gonna be highlander??? they should give us a break on reynolds in hero movies.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Riiiight! cause you know thats what they said in the 80′s with Stallone and Schwarzenegger. They’re in too many action hero roles.

          You have to remember some of those will never happen again so they are moot points. No more reynolds in Blade. DP won’t be connected to what he did in WOlverine, and he can stay GL for all I care (bring in a new GL like John Stewart, and then bring Hal back). Also Reynolds can do drama when needed. I was very surrpised by him in “Amittyville Horror” and “Burried” and he’s been type cast his whole career. Even his GL had one-liners and such. Chirs Evans has had a few roles to break out of his type casting and he’s done very well. I’d like to see Reynolds get the right script. He’s got great comedic timing and it flows with all of his characters but I think he needs to step out of his comfort zone. And this could be it.

          • X_p

            well see the thing is arnold and stallone and van damme and all those other guys were action stars. thats what they did. reynolds is no action star hes barely likeable in his comedies. what this really speaks to is the limited casting reach hollywood has. and you cant say reynolds wont be in blade he already did it once and you cant fool reality. it happened and it sucked. so did GL and so did DP which just saying “o it has nothing to do with the first” doesnt work because it happened it was real. i didnt imagine it he was in it check again if you like. also hes not type cast. youre tripping he chooses all his horrible roles. you dont see how whenever he gets a role its news? this is more so cus hes a celebrity not cus hes a good actor. case in point hes been an a list dood turning out sucky rom-coms and even worse comic book movies. so my point is very true. im tired of seeing him get handed roles cus hes adequate at best and horrible at worst. Cris evans is wooden as hell as captain A. he may have the white boy looks needed for the role but acting wise he stunk. most people were to high seeing him in that terrible cap a uniform to pay attetion to what and how things come out of his mouth. this is a terrible idea. for reasons i already stated.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            I wholy agree that its a bad idea, but like you said it can’t be ignored or errased. It;s happening so the best I can do is hope.
            I willl concede he is not type cast as he does chose his roles, but I will say he has essentially type cast himself as the smart ass, as even his serious roles have a bit of his smartass in them.
            Also agree 100% about Hollywood being afraid to cast outside of the it crowd most of the time. Hell we’ve already come up with a better cast for this right here.

  • venom_aa

    Whats next??..justin beiber doing the soundtrack?
    If they cant top this scene they should better go back home.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtU5Ow61dxk

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Nix where did you get that pic from? That is pretty sweet! I’d love a well done Highlander animated series, not the kiddie crap I got in the 90′s. The Anime was good though!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Cover of an old Highlander comic published by Dynamite Entertainment.

  • Ramón.E.Ayala

    if they want to bring back the Highlander franchise.first of stop with the bloody remakes or reboots don’t care what you call it.Stop it!!! just make another Highlander movie bringing back Adrian Paul(Duncan MacLeod) if you want to as a guets star or cameo to help Ryan Reynolds’ Inmmortal Character out as a mentor like Connor MacLeod did to Duncan.teach him the ropes & rules.plus also warn him about the new threats & allies.like the Watchers & renegade watchers.

  • schnydz

    I know Safe House didn’t do so well, but I thought he did a good job in that movie. Some tense moments and he held his own.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Actually, Safe House did VERY well. $200 million worldwide box office ($126 million Stateside). It’s also doing very well on DVD.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    He has to do it with Lambert’s crazy accent.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MK3X3HEKLRW52T4TLGYNZQOBGE Avalon224

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…………Not Ryan Reynolds. I literally want to cry right now.