Ryan Reynolds is the Frontrunner for Highlander Reboot


Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Movie ImageThere can be only one — and it might be Ryan Reynolds. The trades are reporting that Reynolds is the frontrunner to take over the “Highlander” reboot for Summit Entertainment, with “Intruders” director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo still attached to direct.

Variety, who reported the news, isn’t sure if an offer has already been extended to Reynolds, but their sources are telling them that the two sides are “in talks and are very interested in working together.” But, they caution, Reynolds still has plenty of other offers that might he might choose instead.

Reynolds seems like an odd choice to star in a “Highlander” reboot. Mind you, not that he couldn’t do it. The guy knows his way around action, and whirled a couple of mean swords as Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. And while his would-be franchise starring turn in “Green Lantern” may have gone down in flames, his last movie, “Safe House” with Denzel Washington was a much-needed hit, with $201 million worldwide.

Still, as an immortal Highlander? He doesn’t look, well, old enough. Gruff enough. You know, like he’s lived through a thousand years and seen a thousand bad things. He’s just so … contemporary looking. And young.

“Highlander”, of course, concerns a race of immortal humans that travel across time trying to take each other’s heads. The 1986 original starred Christopher Lambert and spawn a couple of sequels, each one more ludicrous than the next. It also spun off a very decent TV show starring Adrian Paul, who eventually took over the film franchise from Lambert a few years back.

And let’s face it, Reynolds fans. Chances of us getting a “Deadpool” movie is getting bleaker by the year. Maybe a “Highlander” movie is a possible replacement. After all, Ryan Reynolds will finally get his hands on a pair of swords again, and who says his Highlander can’t be a wiseass with a mouth on him?

By the way. My favorite “Highlander” movie? Bar none, the first sequel. It’s friggin’ genius.

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  • Etnco

    They better use a QUEEN soundtrack

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riotvanroll-Rvr/100000312598213 Riotvanroll Rvr

    somehow i dont like this.

  • clarkspark

    No way, Reynolds? Ugh, pass. How about Lambert doppelganger Thomas Jane? or Kevin McKidd? or….

    • http://www.facebook.com/caralm2000 Carmen Almiron

      you absolute right!!! i can see Reynols as the Highlander…, but i am not sure if i want a remake…or maybe a sequel of the movies…we’ll see. Greeting from miami

  • Hood

    Why not Gerard Butler? at least he’s going to get the accent right, and he looks the part.

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

      That’s good casting. I’d actually cast Kevin McKidd in the part.

  • Daybreak

    Let. It. Die.

    Only bad things can come of this and I’m sick to death of ‘hot and new’ directors and actors wrecking my childhood.

  • Jenna

    Ryan Reynolds isn’t a good fit. I love this series the movies and the show. They totally need a scruffy guy, not a pretty boy. He just won’t pull it off…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1681514566 Daniel Griffin

    Highlander 2?! are you freaking serious, it killed the ‘magic’ and made them aliens! Connery was great but the premise was horrible and changed the film franchise from ‘Fantasy’ to ‘Science Fiction’.
    As for Reynolds… I do not know that he has the chops for this role. I agree Thomas Jane or Kevin McKidd would be better choices.

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

      Man I was trying to ignore that part! I’m thinking he’s being sarcastic though. I still have yet to see the “Renegade cut” that cut all the alien crap out. Personally I thinkt the tv series set up a better mythology. One of the few shows to improve on the original film along with ‘Buffy,” and “Beastmaster.”

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


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

          A lot of people just don’t get you man! LoL.

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

            It’s my gift, and my curse. I’m like the Highlander that way.

      • clarkspark

        Highlander The TV Series was the best. My fav character was Methos. One of the The Four Horsemen.

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

          Methos and that whole storyline rocked. I say for the reboot use the myhology of the show, but the original charactes from the first film. Bring in Duncan for a sequek maybe…maybe. I still want a sequel to the anime! Colin MaCleod was badass!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/curtis.a.hedrick Curtis Andrew Hedrick

    That abomination of a sequel was all the studio’s doing, it’s not even really considered canon by fans, I like Reynolds but I dont see him in any capacity in a Highlander, unless they continue the films and have him come in as Duncan’s sidekick, or a new Watcher. I have been waiting on someone to get off their ass though and Cast Ryan Reynolds as Dante in a devil may cry movie

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

      UGH!!!! I’m sorry But HELL NO!!!! Ryan Reynolds is NOT Dante! No Way No how!!! There’s a reason I havent tried to imagine cast that yet and it’s cause I just really can’t see it being done live action and I don’t see anyone but some new comer pulling off the look. Maybe after the reboot game hits we’ll see.

  • witch

    do not have ryan reynolds as conner it just wont work,there are a lot better actors out there who could do justice to the role,but he is not one of them