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Ryan Reynolds has been officially selected as the lead in Highlander

Jun. 27, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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A little over a month ago we reported he was in negotiations for the role, and now the news is official: Ryan Reynolds will take the lead in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's remake of HIGHLANDER. The role in question is that of "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."

I'm not sure what else there is to say.  Reynolds can certainly suffice in terms of physical skill (dude has always handled his fight scenes with aplomb), gravitas (dude can play intense with the best of them), and youth (relatively; enough to allow for plenty of sequels, anyway).  But I've never found Reynolds to have the kind of presence that singles him out from those around him on screen, that really grips me as a viewer and keeps me watching excitedly. 

But he's solid enough at what he does, and the question is: will that be enough for you? And if it isn't, who would you have preferred to don the kilt of immortality?

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Extra Tidbit: Lambert had barely learned English when he starred in HIGHLANDER, and spent time with a dialogue coach in order to craft an accent that sounded "non-specifically foreign."

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4:28PM on 06/28/2012

Deadpool, DAMNIT!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so sick of hearing of Ryan doing other movies instead of DEADPOOL. I'm sure it's a studio thing but......DAMN. This is causing me to give up hope on seeing the Merc with a Mouth on the big screen.
I'm so sick of hearing of Ryan doing other movies instead of DEADPOOL. I'm sure it's a studio thing but......DAMN. This is causing me to give up hope on seeing the Merc with a Mouth on the big screen.
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11:58AM on 06/28/2012
Thomas Jane really should have gotten this role.
Thomas Jane really should have gotten this role.
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6:45AM on 06/28/2012
I still say if Deadpool doesn't push through, Reynolds would have been a great FLASH.
I still say if Deadpool doesn't push through, Reynolds would have been a great FLASH.
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5:40AM on 06/28/2012

Not a fan of this casting...

Here's what I would have been a fan of:

Connor MacLeod - Alexander Skarsgard
The Kurgan - Ray Stevenson
Juan Ramirez - Liam Neeson
Brenda Wyatt - Rebecca Hall

Directed by Neill Marshall
Here's what I would have been a fan of:

Connor MacLeod - Alexander Skarsgard
The Kurgan - Ray Stevenson
Juan Ramirez - Liam Neeson
Brenda Wyatt - Rebecca Hall

Directed by Neill Marshall
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3:24AM on 06/28/2012
I wonder if Ricky Bobby approves this news.
I wonder if Ricky Bobby approves this news.
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2:46AM on 06/28/2012

fire the casting director

i like reynolds when he does smart aleck comedy stuff but highlander is not something i see him in...should've gone with Thor on this one
i like reynolds when he does smart aleck comedy stuff but highlander is not something i see him in...should've gone with Thor on this one
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2:19AM on 06/28/2012

Stop ruining franchises

Man I love the original Highlander, but this dude is so wrong for the part. This guy just loves going around ruining franchises, just stick to comedy buddy, it suits you better.
Man I love the original Highlander, but this dude is so wrong for the part. This guy just loves going around ruining franchises, just stick to comedy buddy, it suits you better.
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12:15AM on 06/28/2012
PASS. Just do Deadpool already and stop cashing paychecks to be in poorly written re-hash films.
PASS. Just do Deadpool already and stop cashing paychecks to be in poorly written re-hash films.
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11:37PM on 06/27/2012
Just like his major miscast in the deplorable "Green Lantern", this will bite them in the ass.
Just like his major miscast in the deplorable "Green Lantern", this will bite them in the ass.
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11:07PM on 06/27/2012

put Mads Mikkelsen in this

anywhere
anywhere
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11:41PM on 06/27/2012
If they got him as Kurgan, I'd be interested.

I just hope they dont get some shitty, talentless pop tart to do covers of the Queen soundtrack.
If they got him as Kurgan, I'd be interested.

I just hope they dont get some shitty, talentless pop tart to do covers of the Queen soundtrack.
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10:23PM on 06/27/2012

HELLO???

Scottish? Pretty badass with a sword? Uh, Gerard Butler? Duh.
Scottish? Pretty badass with a sword? Uh, Gerard Butler? Duh.
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8:24PM on 06/27/2012
I like Ryan Reynolds but this role just doesn't suit him. Why the hell aren't they doing a proper Deadpool movie instead of remaking a B movie classic, that character is more suited for him.
I like Ryan Reynolds but this role just doesn't suit him. Why the hell aren't they doing a proper Deadpool movie instead of remaking a B movie classic, that character is more suited for him.
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7:57PM on 06/27/2012
Vin Diesel might be a decent choice for The Kurgan.
Vin Diesel might be a decent choice for The Kurgan.
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7:51PM on 06/27/2012
Reynolds certainly wouldn't have been my first choice for the role, but I'm actually more interested to see who they cast as Juan Snchez Villa-Lobos Ramrez.
Reynolds certainly wouldn't have been my first choice for the role, but I'm actually more interested to see who they cast as Juan Snchez Villa-Lobos Ramrez.
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6:49PM on 06/27/2012

Snarky MacLeod

The lead actor for this role needs to have sad and somber eyes. I just don't think Reynolds can pull this off.
The lead actor for this role needs to have sad and somber eyes. I just don't think Reynolds can pull this off.
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6:09PM on 06/27/2012
The Scottish accent thing doesn't really bother me seeing as Christopher Lambert turned in a particularly poor attempt, but we forgive him for that. The original wasn't exactly a masterpiece in film-making and it is very much a product of it's time but it reminds me of my youth and it's always going to be special for that. It's a slice of fantasy, tongue firmly in cheek and whenever it's on TV I stop what I'm doing and watch, despite having it on DVD. I like Reynolds, he's a good actor and I've
The Scottish accent thing doesn't really bother me seeing as Christopher Lambert turned in a particularly poor attempt, but we forgive him for that. The original wasn't exactly a masterpiece in film-making and it is very much a product of it's time but it reminds me of my youth and it's always going to be special for that. It's a slice of fantasy, tongue firmly in cheek and whenever it's on TV I stop what I'm doing and watch, despite having it on DVD. I like Reynolds, he's a good actor and I've enjoyed what I've seen him in (yes, even GL) so I'm not going to slate the man before he's even started filming but I really feel that if they thought this remake was absolutely necessary then surely with the small but talented group of Scottish actors in Hollywood today it's such a shame they haven't cast an actual Scotsman. Like it or not, it's happening. We've now come to accept that remakes are just going to keep on coming and I've never found a single one to take anything away from an original so I've stopped caring about it and started caring about things that actually matter in the world....at least they keep the people not being paid a small country's national debt in a job so that's not a bad thing. I hope they do film here (Scotland) as we've been gaining a bit of notoriety lately as a filming location (WWZ, Dark Knight Rises, Cloud Atlas, The Eagle, etc) and it's good to see her on the big screen so I guess we'll see. I shall watch with a mild curiosity, nothing more.
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3:23PM on 06/27/2012
I get it folks, remakes in most cases suck, but come on! There are a few "good cases", didn't Batman get several? If I said today that Michael Keaton was going to play the Dark Knight I expect same negative reaction here, yet his wayne/batman was amazing. Dawn of the Dead was an awesome remake, so was 3:10 to Yuma, what about Let me In? Or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Oh.. and let's not forget The Departed or Casino Royale. Hell.. even the tongue-in-check remake of Dredd looks at least fun.
I get it folks, remakes in most cases suck, but come on! There are a few "good cases", didn't Batman get several? If I said today that Michael Keaton was going to play the Dark Knight I expect same negative reaction here, yet his wayne/batman was amazing. Dawn of the Dead was an awesome remake, so was 3:10 to Yuma, what about Let me In? Or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Oh.. and let's not forget The Departed or Casino Royale. Hell.. even the tongue-in-check remake of Dredd looks at least fun. The same goes for the Total Recall remake.

Out of every possible story I honestly believe the Highlander universe deserves a better handling than the endless crap of sequels and tv series. And Reynolds given the right material can pull off some very good work, with Buried and Smokin' Aces coming to mind.

In this case, I'm in. I only wish they could get Sir Sean Connery out of retirement for this one (I cannot imagine anyone else playing Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez)
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3:16PM on 06/27/2012
Yay. A shitty actor for a shitty remake of a shitty movie.
Yay. A shitty actor for a shitty remake of a shitty movie.
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3:12PM on 06/27/2012
Would have liked to see someone more similar in looks to the original movies; Travis Fimmel or perhaps Alexander Skarsgard.
Would have liked to see someone more similar in looks to the original movies; Travis Fimmel or perhaps Alexander Skarsgard.
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3:07PM on 06/27/2012

Noooooooooo they're ruining the pristine legacy of Highlander!!!

Oh wait.
Even the TV show wasn't that good, (Adrian Paul is hardly an actor). I still like it, and the sequels, but c'mon they were VERY poorly made.

The only real downer to this remake is that Queen isn't gonna do the music.
Oh wait.
Even the TV show wasn't that good, (Adrian Paul is hardly an actor). I still like it, and the sequels, but c'mon they were VERY poorly made.

The only real downer to this remake is that Queen isn't gonna do the music.
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2:29PM on 06/27/2012
The only good to come of this is Hollywood didn't cast a black actor to play an ancient scottish warrior. Does anyone here play Team Fortress 2? They have a black drunken Scottish cyclops as an actual character.
The only good to come of this is Hollywood didn't cast a black actor to play an ancient scottish warrior. Does anyone here play Team Fortress 2? They have a black drunken Scottish cyclops as an actual character.
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6:26PM on 06/27/2012
Please don't take this the wrong way my friend, but it sounds here that you find the concept of a black Scotsman strange. I can assure you Scotland has many black people born and raised here. As for how many eye-patched, gun-toting black Scotsmen I do not know : )
As to your initial point, I don't agree with you when you say that the only good thing about casting Ryan Reynolds is it means they didn't cast a black actor. Apologies if I picked you up wrong.
Please don't take this the wrong way my friend, but it sounds here that you find the concept of a black Scotsman strange. I can assure you Scotland has many black people born and raised here. As for how many eye-patched, gun-toting black Scotsmen I do not know : )
As to your initial point, I don't agree with you when you say that the only good thing about casting Ryan Reynolds is it means they didn't cast a black actor. Apologies if I picked you up wrong.
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2:07PM on 06/27/2012
Enough with the remakes already!! It's bad enough that Reynolds killed one franchise (Green Lantern), but now he has to go and reach back into the past and teabag-to-death yet another one. Reynolds only deserves to be in shitty romcoms with Sandra Bullock (who, coincidentally could play a more convincing man than Reynolds) and Jennifer Lopez.
Enough with the remakes already!! It's bad enough that Reynolds killed one franchise (Green Lantern), but now he has to go and reach back into the past and teabag-to-death yet another one. Reynolds only deserves to be in shitty romcoms with Sandra Bullock (who, coincidentally could play a more convincing man than Reynolds) and Jennifer Lopez.
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1:34PM on 06/27/2012
On your marks, get set and go for another awful Scottish accent by a Hollywood star!!
I'm Scottish and it grates on me when actors do a Scottish accent. Mel Gibson in Braveheart was awful infact I don't think I've EVER heard someone do a good Scottish accent. Why not just get a Scot? Someone already said Kevin McKidd who would be amazing with sword skills directly from Rome. Or: Dougray Scott, James McAvoy, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) hell I would even take Robbie Coltrane!!!
Maybe I'm
On your marks, get set and go for another awful Scottish accent by a Hollywood star!!
I'm Scottish and it grates on me when actors do a Scottish accent. Mel Gibson in Braveheart was awful infact I don't think I've EVER heard someone do a good Scottish accent. Why not just get a Scot? Someone already said Kevin McKidd who would be amazing with sword skills directly from Rome. Or: Dougray Scott, James McAvoy, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) hell I would even take Robbie Coltrane!!!
Maybe I'm just a patriot and I know he would have lost his accent after hundreds of years roaming the world cutting heads off BUT....I would love it if Conner MacLeod's accent was kept through out the film. "Come oan ya wee bampot cut ma heid aff then" On a plus note, I do like Ryan Reynolds.
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11:56PM on 06/27/2012
Whilst I wholeheartedly agree with your comment about Hollywood's idea of Scots dialects (my mum's from Ayr), it would be in keeping with the tone of the original film if the actors in the remake all had crap accents, and I'm including Connery's Scots-accented Egyptian in this equation.

Having said that, one film got it right; Mike Myers nailed it as Stuart Mackenzie in "So I Married an Axe Murderer." My opinion, of course.
Whilst I wholeheartedly agree with your comment about Hollywood's idea of Scots dialects (my mum's from Ayr), it would be in keeping with the tone of the original film if the actors in the remake all had crap accents, and I'm including Connery's Scots-accented Egyptian in this equation.

Having said that, one film got it right; Mike Myers nailed it as Stuart Mackenzie in "So I Married an Axe Murderer." My opinion, of course.
1:21PM on 06/27/2012
here comes the PG-13 highlander movie that will mimick the tv series and not the movies. At least Ryan Renolds looks Scottish lol.....
here comes the PG-13 highlander movie that will mimick the tv series and not the movies. At least Ryan Renolds looks Scottish lol.....
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1:06PM on 06/27/2012
Nope dont think he is a good fit for this, not the right direction this film should be going imo.

As has been said, Gerard Butler would make perfect sense.
Nope dont think he is a good fit for this, not the right direction this film should be going imo.

As has been said, Gerard Butler would make perfect sense.
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11:47AM on 06/27/2012

Safe House

It depends if they play up his humor or not. In "Safe House" he kept the wise cracking down. Come to think of it, I don't think he cracked one joke in that movie. If he plays it like that, he will do fine. I think he is a good actor who sometimes gets thrown into bad projects.
It depends if they play up his humor or not. In "Safe House" he kept the wise cracking down. Come to think of it, I don't think he cracked one joke in that movie. If he plays it like that, he will do fine. I think he is a good actor who sometimes gets thrown into bad projects.
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11:25AM on 06/27/2012
Ryan Reynolds is one of my favorite actors of all time and love all of his films and think he can stand against the best of them, but I think this may be mis-casting. He has the build and acting chops for the iconic role, it's just that I wasn't expecting someone like him to take on the role. I was expecting someone more of a Thomas Jane or as someone mentioned below a Gerard Butler type. I'll still check it out though. Reynolds hasn't let me down and if he can pull this off and prove the
Ryan Reynolds is one of my favorite actors of all time and love all of his films and think he can stand against the best of them, but I think this may be mis-casting. He has the build and acting chops for the iconic role, it's just that I wasn't expecting someone like him to take on the role. I was expecting someone more of a Thomas Jane or as someone mentioned below a Gerard Butler type. I'll still check it out though. Reynolds hasn't let me down and if he can pull this off and prove the haters/non-believers wrong then more power to him.

I mean just look at how everyone responded to Jaime Foxx being cast in Django Unchained.
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7:57PM on 06/27/2012
I must confess that I'm astonished to find Ryan Reynolds is on anyones list of all-time favorite actors, but I respect your opinion and regret that so many people chose to give you a thumbs down... or rather, I regret that so many other people chose to give you a thumbs down.
I must confess that I'm astonished to find Ryan Reynolds is on anyones list of all-time favorite actors, but I respect your opinion and regret that so many people chose to give you a thumbs down... or rather, I regret that so many other people chose to give you a thumbs down.
8:11PM on 06/27/2012
Thanks Creamfinger....there are too many haters on this website that just hate and give thumbs down to anything they don't agree on.
Thanks Creamfinger....there are too many haters on this website that just hate and give thumbs down to anything they don't agree on.
10:59AM on 06/27/2012
How cool is that uk poster for the original?
How cool is that uk poster for the original?
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10:35AM on 06/27/2012

I DO like Reynolds BUT...

I think he's miscast here !
I still believe Gerard Buttler would have been perfect: muscular, handsome, good actor, can play 'savage' when needed...
I think he's miscast here !
I still believe Gerard Buttler would have been perfect: muscular, handsome, good actor, can play 'savage' when needed...
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10:09AM on 06/27/2012
I'm not actually very acquainted with Highlander, but Reynolds is just an odd choice based on what I do know. I still think he's best in comedic or character roles. Which I imagine is why folks are so eager to see him play Deadpool. Sort of a perfect marriage of his wit and physicality. If that ever actually happens.
I'm not actually very acquainted with Highlander, but Reynolds is just an odd choice based on what I do know. I still think he's best in comedic or character roles. Which I imagine is why folks are so eager to see him play Deadpool. Sort of a perfect marriage of his wit and physicality. If that ever actually happens.
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9:35AM on 06/27/2012

I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!?!?!?

That's really it.
That's really it.
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9:28AM on 06/27/2012
They could have cast a worse actor, that's for sure. Still, I think Kevin McKidd could have been a much better choice.
They could have cast a worse actor, that's for sure. Still, I think Kevin McKidd could have been a much better choice.
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9:11AM on 06/27/2012
Ryan Reynolds is one of the most overused actors in hollywood today. I feel like he's cast in about 1 out of every 3 movies. And knowing him, he'll have that sense of humor that'll look out of place in a highlander movie.
Ryan Reynolds is one of the most overused actors in hollywood today. I feel like he's cast in about 1 out of every 3 movies. And knowing him, he'll have that sense of humor that'll look out of place in a highlander movie.
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3:13PM on 06/27/2012
Yes. Because when Brenda saved Connor, he didn't say "Ha ha, What kept you?".
Or when Ramirez & Connor got shot to pieces, and then argued over the bullet count in The Quickening.
Or that montage in Endgame with Connor being drunkely stabbed to death over and over.
Ryan Reynolds would neverrrrr be able to pull of such seriousness.

Just shut up.
Yes. Because when Brenda saved Connor, he didn't say "Ha ha, What kept you?".
Or when Ramirez & Connor got shot to pieces, and then argued over the bullet count in The Quickening.
Or that montage in Endgame with Connor being drunkely stabbed to death over and over.
Ryan Reynolds would neverrrrr be able to pull of such seriousness.

Just shut up.
1:51PM on 06/28/2012
Well I think I'll keep talking because at least 20 other people would seem to agree with me.
Well I think I'll keep talking because at least 20 other people would seem to agree with me.
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