Ryan 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.