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Cast This: Highlander

Jul. 1, 2013by: Niki Stephens

The role of Connor MacLeod/Russell Nash is open? F*ck yes! Let's cast for HIGHLANDER!

After only holding on to the role for roughly a year Ryan Reynolds is out as MacLeod. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo left last year, and Reynolds continued to hang on. Was he just a big fan? I guess without a new director on and lack of movement, Reynolds decided to exit the project. This most likely made fans of the original flick quite happy since many of them didn't care for the casting choice. Reynolds is cool, but for HIGHLANDER?

Now any director that was possibly eyeing this project can get someone of their own choosing in the hot seat. Were you thinking Thomas Jane? I bet you were. They do look alike, and Jane certainly could make this, I think, just as memorable as Christopher Lambert. He was f*cking terrific. Like most cult and films of our nostalgic pasts, this is one that was destined to be rebooted. When I initially saw the first one, I think I was drunk and thought, "WTF is going on?! Is that Mister Krabs???" (I know it's Clancy Brown, but I don't always call him that. I love him.) I was also laughing a lot. Later I watched it with a clearer mind and enjoyed the hell out of it. There are so many cheesy, yet great lines tossed between Lambert and the other actors especially Sean Connery. WAIT...does this mean we have to replace Connery too? My thoughts in beautiful gif form below:

Maybe Liam Neeson would be a good Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez? But that's not who were casting here. As I said, I really enjoyed HIGHLANDER so I hope that they do right by it. It's not an award winning film by any means regardless it's still frakking amazing.THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE! Actually, I narrow it down to three, but let's face it I couldn't complete this column without saying it at least once. Get to casting!

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': Max Walker from Timecop

1. Scott Adkins 2. Karl Urban 3. Jason Statham

There was certainly a lot of love for Scott Adkins for this particular role. Sadly, I did not think of him and went straight to more "well known" action stars so to speak. When I saw the first comment mentioning him, I was like, "YES!" Urban is an all around cool guy who I think could fit the bill. Then there's Statham who is kind of like the Van Damme of his time. There's an action role? Let's throw Statham at it. He's awesome. Why not? That's not sarcasm. I'm being sincere. Adkins FTW here. Oh, and nice throwing Nathan Fillion in there now because it's a thing. I caught those winky smiley faces, you sly dogs.

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9:53AM on 07/03/2013
Thomas Jane as Conner.
Liev Shreiber or Jason Momoa as Kurgan.
Thomas Jane as Conner.
Liev Shreiber or Jason Momoa as Kurgan.
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6:46PM on 07/01/2013
Thomas Jane
Thomas Jane
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5:19PM on 07/01/2013

TOM JANE IS CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT.

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This conversation's over. Dear Movie Studio---Get C-Brown back as the Kurgan and attain the rights to Queen's original soundtrack. Implement both these things and you've got my butt in the theater. Also, with TJ in the lead role, does it really need to be a remake? What's wrong with a straight-up story continuation or maybe remake the unbelievably terrible Highlander 2 instead???
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This conversation's over. Dear Movie Studio---Get C-Brown back as the Kurgan and attain the rights to Queen's original soundtrack. Implement both these things and you've got my butt in the theater. Also, with TJ in the lead role, does it really need to be a remake? What's wrong with a straight-up story continuation or maybe remake the unbelievably terrible Highlander 2 instead???
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4:34PM on 07/01/2013
I absolutely love this film (I did a whole project on it in high school), but visually it has actually become quite dated. If they can do it well, then I'm ok with a remake. If it sucks I'll just pretend it doesn't exist like all the other Highlander movies.
I absolutely love this film (I did a whole project on it in high school), but visually it has actually become quite dated. If they can do it well, then I'm ok with a remake. If it sucks I'll just pretend it doesn't exist like all the other Highlander movies.
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4:29PM on 07/01/2013
I agree with the Mads Mikkelsen choice. He's got that awesome "anywhere" accent and I'd love to see him play a sympathetic character.
I agree with the Mads Mikkelsen choice. He's got that awesome "anywhere" accent and I'd love to see him play a sympathetic character.
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4:26PM on 07/01/2013
Tony Curran, Henry Ian Cusick or Dominic West as McLeod
Vincent Regan as Ramirez
Jason Momoa as The Kurgan
Tony Curran, Henry Ian Cusick or Dominic West as McLeod
Vincent Regan as Ramirez
Jason Momoa as The Kurgan
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4:22PM on 07/01/2013

Ewan Mcgregor

Since hearing of this reboot, my choice personal choice for connor has been Ewan Mcgregor. He obviously knows sword play from portraying young obi wan and.....he's really Scottish!
Since hearing of this reboot, my choice personal choice for connor has been Ewan Mcgregor. He obviously knows sword play from portraying young obi wan and.....he's really Scottish!
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3:05PM on 07/01/2013
For some reason when I saw this my mind went straight to Gerard Butler. Colin Farrell would be my 2nd choice.
For some reason when I saw this my mind went straight to Gerard Butler. Colin Farrell would be my 2nd choice.
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2:41PM on 07/01/2013
I hear Nicolas Cage isn't too busy.
I hear Nicolas Cage isn't too busy.
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2:31PM on 07/01/2013
I'd rather see an adventure/comedy version. Stephen Merchant or Julian Barratt. Or James McAvoy of the ones suggested. A coward transforming into a swashbuckling hero is a better story. Plus you can have more fun with the beheadings.
I'd rather see an adventure/comedy version. Stephen Merchant or Julian Barratt. Or James McAvoy of the ones suggested. A coward transforming into a swashbuckling hero is a better story. Plus you can have more fun with the beheadings.
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2:26PM on 07/01/2013

Robb Stark

Richard Madden - Richard Madden - Richard Madden.

He's actually Scottish you know.

Ramirez - Antonio Banderas

The Kurgan - Clancy Brown (There is nobody else)
Richard Madden - Richard Madden - Richard Madden.

He's actually Scottish you know.

Ramirez - Antonio Banderas

The Kurgan - Clancy Brown (There is nobody else)
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1:52PM on 07/01/2013
Matt Smith ... yes, he was just the Dr, but I think he could pull it off.
Matt Smith ... yes, he was just the Dr, but I think he could pull it off.
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1:55PM on 07/01/2013
Matt Smith looks like Rocky from Mask.
Matt Smith looks like Rocky from Mask.
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12:28PM on 07/01/2013
Tom Jane - Tom Jane - Tom Jane!
Tom Jane - Tom Jane - Tom Jane!
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12:27PM on 07/01/2013
I think I'd like to see Mads Mikkelsen do this one, honestly.
I think I'd like to see Mads Mikkelsen do this one, honestly.
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12:12PM on 07/01/2013
Jim Caviezel if he can get time off Person of Interest.
Jim Caviezel if he can get time off Person of Interest.
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11:35AM on 07/01/2013

IDEA!

Lets make Karl Urban the new Nathan Fillon and choose him for every role! I mean seriously that guy is a bad ass and needs to become an A List star!!
Lets make Karl Urban the new Nathan Fillon and choose him for every role! I mean seriously that guy is a bad ass and needs to become an A List star!!
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10:30AM on 07/01/2013

It should be a Scottish actor

Gerard Butler, Kevin McKidd, Iain Glen or Richard Madden
Gerard Butler, Kevin McKidd, Iain Glen or Richard Madden
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10:24AM on 07/01/2013
I sweat you guys did this very same "Cast This" a year or two ago, and I suggested the following cast, which I stand by:

MacLeod: Clive Owen
Ramirez: Pierce Brosnan
Kurgan: Ray Stevenson
I sweat you guys did this very same "Cast This" a year or two ago, and I suggested the following cast, which I stand by:

MacLeod: Clive Owen
Ramirez: Pierce Brosnan
Kurgan: Ray Stevenson
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11:09AM on 07/01/2013
Pretty sure they did. But then Reynolds was cast, and then dropped out.
Pretty sure they did. But then Reynolds was cast, and then dropped out.
10:08AM on 07/01/2013
If you want a mainstream Scottish actor then cast James McAvoy or Gerard Butler. My first choice is Ray Park because he can actually show that these people have been training for centuries and are not like you or me in the way they fight. Karl Urban would be awesome too. Mads Mikkelsen as Ramirez. Tom Hardy as The Kurgan.
If you want a mainstream Scottish actor then cast James McAvoy or Gerard Butler. My first choice is Ray Park because he can actually show that these people have been training for centuries and are not like you or me in the way they fight. Karl Urban would be awesome too. Mads Mikkelsen as Ramirez. Tom Hardy as The Kurgan.
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3:35PM on 07/01/2013
I am asking this without any snark or judgement but has Ray Park shown enough range that he could carry a film like this? I honestly don't know; he would make for some awesome action scenes and maybe there is some untapped acting ability I haven't seen yet. I also think they would want to go with a big name as I think they may attempt to make this a summer tent pole and Park is unknown to the average filmgoer. But I like him for the film in a supporting role!
I am asking this without any snark or judgement but has Ray Park shown enough range that he could carry a film like this? I honestly don't know; he would make for some awesome action scenes and maybe there is some untapped acting ability I haven't seen yet. I also think they would want to go with a big name as I think they may attempt to make this a summer tent pole and Park is unknown to the average filmgoer. But I like him for the film in a supporting role!
12:10PM on 07/02/2013
I agree. I'm not sure about his range. But as far as the action goes he would be perfect. At the time of release for the original there weren't really any big names attached. Clancy and Christopher had not really hit a high note yet. And lets be honest, Christopher Lambert really isn't that great of an actor so it isn't like whoever they cast has huge shoes to fill. And by no means is that a slam on the original film because I love that movie.
I agree. I'm not sure about his range. But as far as the action goes he would be perfect. At the time of release for the original there weren't really any big names attached. Clancy and Christopher had not really hit a high note yet. And lets be honest, Christopher Lambert really isn't that great of an actor so it isn't like whoever they cast has huge shoes to fill. And by no means is that a slam on the original film because I love that movie.
9:28AM on 07/01/2013
Gerard Butler. A good Scottish actor for the role please.
Gerard Butler. A good Scottish actor for the role please.
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8:57AM on 07/01/2013
Gerard Butler - if they can't get him, then don't bother.
Gerard Butler - if they can't get him, then don't bother.
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8:45AM on 07/01/2013

Hmm

Gerard Butler or Thomas Jane. Do it.
Gerard Butler or Thomas Jane. Do it.
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8:37AM on 07/01/2013
Viggo Mortensen or maybe Josh Holloway.
An unknown might be cooler though.
Viggo Mortensen or maybe Josh Holloway.
An unknown might be cooler though.
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8:18AM on 07/01/2013
Like they say 'There can be only one' Which means No reboot
Like they say 'There can be only one' Which means No reboot
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8:30PM on 07/01/2013
they destroyed that theory when they hatched that aweful sequel, and sequel III and 4 and 5 and the TV series.
they destroyed that theory when they hatched that aweful sequel, and sequel III and 4 and 5 and the TV series.
8:06AM on 07/01/2013
Kevin McKidd
Kevin McKidd
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7:35AM on 07/01/2013

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Gerald Butler or James McAvoy would be interesting
Jason Momoa as the Kurgan would be badass
Gerald Butler or James McAvoy would be interesting
Jason Momoa as the Kurgan would be badass
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8:39PM on 07/01/2013
actually Jason Momoa could pull off the Highlander Connor MaCleod role
not sure about gerald bulter or anybody else for that matter but y'know I wont be supporting this thing anyway.
i watched 3 and gave it a chance... i watched 4 and wondered "WTF?" and then once it hit sci/Fi channel it was like "WGAF" who gives a fuck?" really.... the final film debuted on SyFy it was horrible.... was that five? jesus it's all a blur... I own the blue ray of the 1985... PLUS I bought the MaCleod broadsword
actually Jason Momoa could pull off the Highlander Connor MaCleod role
not sure about gerald bulter or anybody else for that matter but y'know I wont be supporting this thing anyway.
i watched 3 and gave it a chance... i watched 4 and wondered "WTF?" and then once it hit sci/Fi channel it was like "WGAF" who gives a fuck?" really.... the final film debuted on SyFy it was horrible.... was that five? jesus it's all a blur... I own the blue ray of the 1985... PLUS I bought the MaCleod broadsword for $200... YES I HAVE THAT broadsword!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I freakin loved this movie.... no remake would do it justice... it's a timeless classic like Ladyhawke and Princess Bride and Blade Runner and NOBODY is threatening a remake of THOSE flicks...
These remakes are just terrible... except for Evil Dead... which many though was laughable... but I liked it... and the Friday the 13th reboot too... i judged that against Jason Takes Manhattan... it wasnt so terrible, none of them are great but... it was better than most.
6:27AM on 07/01/2013
MacLeod: Tina Fey
Ramirez: Alec Baldwin
MacLeod: Tina Fey
Ramirez: Alec Baldwin
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5:36AM on 07/01/2013
Connor MacLeod: either Thomas Jane or Tom Hardy
Ramirez: Ray Winstone
Connor MacLeod: either Thomas Jane or Tom Hardy
Ramirez: Ray Winstone
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4:32AM on 07/01/2013

I have a better idea...

STOP REMAKES!!!!!
STOP REMAKES!!!!!
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8:28PM on 07/01/2013
STOP THIS REMAKE.
some remakes are actually good... if it was a shitty film the first time.
STOP THIS REMAKE.
some remakes are actually good... if it was a shitty film the first time.
3:21AM on 07/01/2013
Macleod= Kevin Mckidd
Ramirez= Javier Bardem
Macleod= Kevin Mckidd
Ramirez= Javier Bardem
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2:53AM on 07/01/2013

call me nuts

tom jane for conner macleod
adrian paul for ramirez
dave batista for the kurgan
as i said in the title, but i think could stand from a remake if only to make the immortals more badass, i mean hundreds of years of fighting and mastering of hundreds of martial arts... this level of training was never touched upon at all in the series. personally i think it could be bad ass movie if they did it right....

tom jane for conner macleod
adrian paul for ramirez
dave batista for the kurgan
as i said in the title, but i think could stand from a remake if only to make the immortals more badass, i mean hundreds of years of fighting and mastering of hundreds of martial arts... this level of training was never touched upon at all in the series. personally i think it could be bad ass movie if they did it right....

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8:28PM on 07/01/2013
they already "did it right" once already!!
they already "did it right" once already!!
2:33AM on 07/01/2013

I REFUSE

NO CASTING FOR HIGHLANDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS DOES NOT NEED TO BE REMADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NO CASTING FOR HIGHLANDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS DOES NOT NEED TO BE REMADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1:47AM on 07/01/2013
I'll second CJN's nomination for Travis Fimmel, but that would be more of my second choice. I was thinking Kevin McKidd, or, if you wanted a more recognizable Scottish actor, I guess Ewan MacGregor. Also, Rory McCann (Sandor "The Hound" Clegane from Game of Thrones) as The Kurgan with Gerard Butler as you A-List option.
I'll second CJN's nomination for Travis Fimmel, but that would be more of my second choice. I was thinking Kevin McKidd, or, if you wanted a more recognizable Scottish actor, I guess Ewan MacGregor. Also, Rory McCann (Sandor "The Hound" Clegane from Game of Thrones) as The Kurgan with Gerard Butler as you A-List option.
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1:38AM on 07/01/2013
Connor MacLeod = Kevin McKidd
Ramirez = Mads Mikkelsen
Connor MacLeod = Kevin McKidd
Ramirez = Mads Mikkelsen
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1:35AM on 07/01/2013
Some Scottish actors who could pull off the role:
- James McAvoy
- Ewan McGregor
- Kevin McKidd
- Alec Newman
- JOHN BARROWMAN!!! (heh-heh-heh . . .) >:)
Some Scottish actors who could pull off the role:
- James McAvoy
- Ewan McGregor
- Kevin McKidd
- Alec Newman
- JOHN BARROWMAN!!! (heh-heh-heh . . .) >:)
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1:29AM on 07/01/2013

Idris Elba

No wait, Nathan Fillion!
Actually, I think Karl Urban would be fantastic for Connor. I know he was the 2nd choice for Timecop last week, but the Highlander needs to look like he's seen some shit, and Urban certainly fits that bill. Plus he's an all around good actor. He could do something with his voice that makes him sound like he's from "lots of different places".
No wait, Nathan Fillion!
Actually, I think Karl Urban would be fantastic for Connor. I know he was the 2nd choice for Timecop last week, but the Highlander needs to look like he's seen some shit, and Urban certainly fits that bill. Plus he's an all around good actor. He could do something with his voice that makes him sound like he's from "lots of different places".
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1:28AM on 07/01/2013
I think Jason Clarke (from Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby and White House Down) might work. Seems like he could be scruffy and tough.
I think Jason Clarke (from Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby and White House Down) might work. Seems like he could be scruffy and tough.
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2:51AM on 07/01/2013
I see him as a better fit for The kurgan, though there a few other actors I would put before him for that role.
I see him as a better fit for The kurgan, though there a few other actors I would put before him for that role.
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1:26AM on 07/01/2013
Travis Fimmel, Alexander Skarsgard (perhaps too tall though) ..
Travis Fimmel, Alexander Skarsgard (perhaps too tall though) ..
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1:25AM on 07/01/2013
Fuck yes? How about Fuck No! Fuck this remake. I don't care who they cast cause I'll never see it.
Fuck yes? How about Fuck No! Fuck this remake. I don't care who they cast cause I'll never see it.
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1:15AM on 07/01/2013
Gerald Butler. That's all I can really think of.
Gerald Butler. That's all I can really think of.
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