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There may well be more than one Highlander and his name could be Ryan Reynolds

May. 18, 2012by: Paul Shirey

I'm sure this will rattle some cages, especially as there are some very extreme HIGHLANDER fans out there, but apparantly Summit Entertainment is in negotiations with Ryan Reynolds to pick up the sword of the immortal Connor MacLeod in a reboot of the popular series.  Currently, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER) is set to direct the pic after Justin Lin (FAST FIVE) dropped out of the running some time ago.

Reynolds has yet to line up his next project after the successful SAFE HOUSE and the recently completed R.I.P.D.  Of course, we all want to see him wearing a red and black suit and sporting multiple personalities (as well as the swords, of course) for DEADPOOL, but that's quickly becoming the project that everyone talks about, but never happens.

After the failure of GREEN LANTERN, Reynolds has likely reevaluated the course of his career, so it's probably safer to tackle more action oriented films rather than comic book adaptations.  Who knows? 

Personally, I'm down for a reboot of HIGHLANDER.  I love the first film in all its cheesy glory and Queen soundtrack ridiculousness, but the sequels and TV shows did nothing for me.  I'd enjoy seeing an updated version that could take the fight choreography to another level and create the opportunity for another badass villain role so beautifully acted by Clancy Brown in the original.

What say you?  Ryan Reynolds as an immortal sword-wielding badass or Ryan Reynolds as a red and black clad psycho mutant sword-wielding badass?

More as this develops...and check out the trailer for the original here.

Extra Tidbit: I really dig Reynolds in comedy roles, but I think he's got potential for leading man status in action type roles. However, I hope he continues to do comedies, as Waiting... is still one of my all-time faves. What do you think...comedy or action Reynolds?
Source: Variety

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7:59PM on 05/18/2012
Green Lantern sucked ass and everyone told him it would. He should of did Deadpool in the first place. That role was made for him. Highlander would be another disaster if you ask me. I would rather see someone else in as McCleod, maybe Clive Owen.
Green Lantern sucked ass and everyone told him it would. He should of did Deadpool in the first place. That role was made for him. Highlander would be another disaster if you ask me. I would rather see someone else in as McCleod, maybe Clive Owen.
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8:07PM on 05/18/2012
"It's better to burn out, than to fade away."

I guess the producers are taking Kurgan's famous line to heart.

Billy Connolly for Ramirez!
"It's better to burn out, than to fade away."

I guess the producers are taking Kurgan's famous line to heart.

Billy Connolly for Ramirez!
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8:16PM on 05/18/2012
You have my vote on Billy for Ramirez,that would be so cool.
You have my vote on Billy for Ramirez,that would be so cool.
8:15PM on 05/18/2012
Thomas Jane is the only man who can play Connor MacLeod.
Thomas Jane is the only man who can play Connor MacLeod.
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8:23PM on 05/18/2012
not that i hate the actor.Connor is a young man when he becomes Immortal having a 40 something actor seems miscasting even thou Jane looks a lot like lambert isn't reason enough.
not that i hate the actor.Connor is a young man when he becomes Immortal having a 40 something actor seems miscasting even thou Jane looks a lot like lambert isn't reason enough.
8:18PM on 05/18/2012
too old
too old
8:17PM on 05/18/2012
Oh fuck now that I could see.
Oh fuck now that I could see.
8:24PM on 05/18/2012
I guess it could be worse, could have picked Shia LeBeef.
I guess it could be worse, could have picked Shia LeBeef.
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8:53PM on 05/18/2012
Boy, they just insist on repeatedly miscasting this Reynolds.

I would much prefer Thomas Jane in the role.
Boy, they just insist on repeatedly miscasting this Reynolds.

I would much prefer Thomas Jane in the role.
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8:54PM on 05/18/2012

Boooo!

Can we just skip this reboot and go straight to the reboot that they will inevitably have to do?
Can we just skip this reboot and go straight to the reboot that they will inevitably have to do?
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9:42PM on 05/18/2012
I love me some Ryan Reynolds, but ... seriously?
I love me some Ryan Reynolds, but ... seriously?
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10:04PM on 05/18/2012
this role requires an actor that can pull off the sorrow and sadness of being alive for 500 years and reynolds isnt it,thomas jane is the obvious choice here
this role requires an actor that can pull off the sorrow and sadness of being alive for 500 years and reynolds isnt it,thomas jane is the obvious choice here
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11:02PM on 05/18/2012
Fuck this, I'd rather watch an aged Lambert ham it up on screen again as Macleod then this clown.
Fuck this, I'd rather watch an aged Lambert ham it up on screen again as Macleod then this clown.
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12:08AM on 05/19/2012

Truly inspired casting...

Because Ryan Reynolds screams badass Scottsman.
Because Ryan Reynolds screams badass Scottsman.
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12:20AM on 05/19/2012

I love Highlander

And I would love it to remain in the 80s where it belongs and is cherished, warts and all. Lambert's odd accent also added to his mysterious origins. Just made the movie that much better. Let it be.
And I would love it to remain in the 80s where it belongs and is cherished, warts and all. Lambert's odd accent also added to his mysterious origins. Just made the movie that much better. Let it be.
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12:36AM on 05/19/2012

BOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I don't even like Highlander that much. I liked the show and the first movie was fun and goofy, and its better if you imagine it as a 2 hour Queen Music Video. However everything since then has gone from worse to somehow even worse. Highlander 2 is a bad movie, but its somehow slightly bearable compared to the crap that came even later! And Ryan Reynolds? Hollywood's reigning douche-nozzle? Did we learn nothing from Green Lantern?
I don't even like Highlander that much. I liked the show and the first movie was fun and goofy, and its better if you imagine it as a 2 hour Queen Music Video. However everything since then has gone from worse to somehow even worse. Highlander 2 is a bad movie, but its somehow slightly bearable compared to the crap that came even later! And Ryan Reynolds? Hollywood's reigning douche-nozzle? Did we learn nothing from Green Lantern?
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3:20AM on 05/19/2012

Reboot this!

Why reboot such a great movie? Just ctrl-Z the sequels and the series.
Why reboot such a great movie? Just ctrl-Z the sequels and the series.
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3:54AM on 05/19/2012
Im not saying this couldnt use a reboot, just that Im getting a little tired of Reynolds already. Even pizza gets old after a while.
Im not saying this couldnt use a reboot, just that Im getting a little tired of Reynolds already. Even pizza gets old after a while.
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6:16AM on 05/19/2012
I'm kinda torn whether Reynolds should this because he has potential to pull it off but it'll be a delicate balancing act as in, he may not give his all into the role otherwise parody may ensue.

I'd like to see him do a comedy (Van Wilder being my personal classic) but thats not saying I don't buy him as an action-star because he handles himself quite well.
I'm kinda torn whether Reynolds should this because he has potential to pull it off but it'll be a delicate balancing act as in, he may not give his all into the role otherwise parody may ensue.

I'd like to see him do a comedy (Van Wilder being my personal classic) but thats not saying I don't buy him as an action-star because he handles himself quite well.
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8:37AM on 05/19/2012
AT LAST!! This is great news!!
I've been waiting for something to come along and finally kill his career off for good.
AT LAST!! This is great news!!
I've been waiting for something to come along and finally kill his career off for good.
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8:44AM on 05/19/2012

Extra tidbit

My favorite Reynolds role is Hannibal King, so I'm up for an action Reynolds. Or is it the beard that made that character awesome. Maybe Reynolds needs more bearded roles...

Never saw the appeal of the Highlander franchise btw.
My favorite Reynolds role is Hannibal King, so I'm up for an action Reynolds. Or is it the beard that made that character awesome. Maybe Reynolds needs more bearded roles...

Never saw the appeal of the Highlander franchise btw.
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8:57AM on 05/19/2012
I don't like Ryan Reynolds, so I don't want him in anything I'd care to watch! :P
I don't like Ryan Reynolds, so I don't want him in anything I'd care to watch! :P
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9:46AM on 05/19/2012
they already made that horrible show and, like, 3 crappy sequels. i thought there could be only one.

seriously, i lost all hope for highlander when duncan killed connor in that stupid ass "endgame". how is that possible if connor got the prize at the end of the first one!??!

the first and original film is a lot of great fun. i'll stick with that.

as far as reynolds is concerned. i like him...he's not a bad actor but he's getting overused in the genre market. too many comic
they already made that horrible show and, like, 3 crappy sequels. i thought there could be only one.

seriously, i lost all hope for highlander when duncan killed connor in that stupid ass "endgame". how is that possible if connor got the prize at the end of the first one!??!

the first and original film is a lot of great fun. i'll stick with that.

as far as reynolds is concerned. i like him...he's not a bad actor but he's getting overused in the genre market. too many comic movies and too many action films.
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9:47AM on 05/19/2012

In the words of Jean Girard...

I saw the Highlander movie...IT WAS SHIT!
I saw the Highlander movie...IT WAS SHIT!
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11:35AM on 05/19/2012

Oh come on!!!

1. I want deadpool
2. Yet another remake?

I like Ryan Reynolds but he needs to leave this to someone else
1. I want deadpool
2. Yet another remake?

I like Ryan Reynolds but he needs to leave this to someone else
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1:31PM on 05/19/2012
I love Reynolds, but this is a job for Tom Jane
I love Reynolds, but this is a job for Tom Jane
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2:51PM on 05/19/2012
See the problem is, nobody cares at all about Thomas Jane.

But yes, this casting seems almost too ridiculous to be true. Almost.
See the problem is, nobody cares at all about Thomas Jane.

But yes, this casting seems almost too ridiculous to be true. Almost.
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3:24PM on 05/19/2012

Where's that clip from...

The Office where Steve Carell Screams "Dear god no!"

Seriously I can't stand this guy. I don't doubt he has the ability to really take on roles like these but I have yet to seen it. Green Lantern, Wolverine origins, blade trinity. It always comes off as Van Wilder trying to be serious. He really can't shake that because its very much apart of his personality. And you will see it if he plays Connor MacLeod. (That's actually a perfect fit for deadpool though given the right
The Office where Steve Carell Screams "Dear god no!"

Seriously I can't stand this guy. I don't doubt he has the ability to really take on roles like these but I have yet to seen it. Green Lantern, Wolverine origins, blade trinity. It always comes off as Van Wilder trying to be serious. He really can't shake that because its very much apart of his personality. And you will see it if he plays Connor MacLeod. (That's actually a perfect fit for deadpool though given the right direction)

Seriously this guy is not that talented and versatile to be given a role that can really soar with a reboot.
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3:43PM on 05/19/2012
YES PLEASE!!!

I love the first Highlander and the TV show as well as the anime film but I'll be the first to admit, they are NOT perfect by any means. I'm more in love with the concept of the Highlander and the various stories you can explore and issues you can bring up with a character who is immortal, as the TV showed pretty well. The TV show was pretty low budget and the first movie has not aged well.

I like Reynolds and I desperately think the Highlander could be an amazing
YES PLEASE!!!

I love the first Highlander and the TV show as well as the anime film but I'll be the first to admit, they are NOT perfect by any means. I'm more in love with the concept of the Highlander and the various stories you can explore and issues you can bring up with a character who is immortal, as the TV showed pretty well. The TV show was pretty low budget and the first movie has not aged well.

I like Reynolds and I desperately think the Highlander could be an amazing franchise if people who actually cared about it and saw it's real potential that I don't even think today has been realized yet.

So I'm all for a reboot... after so many terrible sequels, this can't be possibly as bad as any of those. So I'd see it.
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6:33PM on 05/19/2012
I think this movie is coming together well. I can absolutely see Ryan Reynolds in this role. Not to mention Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directed the shit out of 28 weeks later and i'm excited to see him take on Highlander.
I think this movie is coming together well. I can absolutely see Ryan Reynolds in this role. Not to mention Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directed the shit out of 28 weeks later and i'm excited to see him take on Highlander.
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6:39PM on 05/19/2012
Ryan Reynold's one liners quickly grow tiresome. What exactly is Highlander's mythos? In part 1 it was left unexplained. In part 2 he was an alien. In part 3 it was magic. I remember the TV show had a ridiculous amount of immortals.
Ryan Reynold's one liners quickly grow tiresome. What exactly is Highlander's mythos? In part 1 it was left unexplained. In part 2 he was an alien. In part 3 it was magic. I remember the TV show had a ridiculous amount of immortals.
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6:57PM on 05/19/2012
Thomas Jane is perfect for this. I completely agree with higgins.
Thomas Jane is perfect for this. I completely agree with higgins.
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7:49PM on 05/19/2012
Ryan just ain't right for Highlander. It would be great if a Scottish actor could get the role seeing as how Connor McLeod IS Scottish.
Ryan just ain't right for Highlander. It would be great if a Scottish actor could get the role seeing as how Connor McLeod IS Scottish.
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7:50PM on 05/19/2012

what the fuck?

No one mentions Gerald Butlers name? a scot playing a scot? say it aint so.... So i guess the thought of Javier Bardem playing Ramirez is just out of the question... thomas jane? Seriously? i like the guy and all but come on...... further more... wasnt Deadpool basically Hannibal King?
No one mentions Gerald Butlers name? a scot playing a scot? say it aint so.... So i guess the thought of Javier Bardem playing Ramirez is just out of the question... thomas jane? Seriously? i like the guy and all but come on...... further more... wasnt Deadpool basically Hannibal King?
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8:13PM on 05/19/2012
At least this project has the right director, but they need to keep looking for another lead. If it must be a known actor what about Colin Farrell? Michael Fassbender?
At least this project has the right director, but they need to keep looking for another lead. If it must be a known actor what about Colin Farrell? Michael Fassbender?
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8:33PM on 05/19/2012
There are so many problems with this I don't know where to start. First of all, I'm a big Highlander fan and I think the story is worthy of introducing to a new generation. With that said, I'm desperately afraid that Hollywood will create some weird reimagining of the tale. Aside from that, Ryan Reynolds could possibly be the worst casting choice imaginable. Maybe they can get the guy who played McLovin in Superbad to be The Kurgan. I actually like Reynolds when he's cast correctly and is
There are so many problems with this I don't know where to start. First of all, I'm a big Highlander fan and I think the story is worthy of introducing to a new generation. With that said, I'm desperately afraid that Hollywood will create some weird reimagining of the tale. Aside from that, Ryan Reynolds could possibly be the worst casting choice imaginable. Maybe they can get the guy who played McLovin in Superbad to be The Kurgan. I actually like Reynolds when he's cast correctly and is allowed to be funny and roguish, but MacLeod is neither funny nor roguish, he's a tortured soul that's discovered his immortality to be a horrible curse. Whoever it was that proposed Gerald Butler has the right idea.
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1:46PM on 05/20/2012
I like Reynolds, but BUTLER IS the right choice: Scottish, he has the look and he can play the barbarian type.
I like Reynolds, but BUTLER IS the right choice: Scottish, he has the look and he can play the barbarian type.
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6:21PM on 05/20/2012
I think Reynolds needs a new agent.

I like Thomas Jane for the role but I would rather see Clive Owen. His accent will give the character that same sense of mystery that Lambert brought to the role. But I would be perfectly happy with Jane as well.
I think Reynolds needs a new agent.

I like Thomas Jane for the role but I would rather see Clive Owen. His accent will give the character that same sense of mystery that Lambert brought to the role. But I would be perfectly happy with Jane as well.
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8:02PM on 05/20/2012
I thought RR was funny as balls in the Change up but I don't want to see him in a Highlander remake. Why the F..K are they remaking a classic anyway? Stupid.
I thought RR was funny as balls in the Change up but I don't want to see him in a Highlander remake. Why the F..K are they remaking a classic anyway? Stupid.
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9:02PM on 05/20/2012
I don't get the need for it to be Highlander except for the name recognition, I would definitely want to see a story line of a different immortal, flashback period piece whatever I don't need a related spin off just start fresh.
I don't get the need for it to be Highlander except for the name recognition, I would definitely want to see a story line of a different immortal, flashback period piece whatever I don't need a related spin off just start fresh.
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2:38AM on 05/21/2012
From the writings of Kevin Smith:

"There can only be one."
"What?"
"Highlander, man? The Kurgan. Remember? I'd yell it at you whenever we passed each other in the hallway?"
"Like it was yesterday, man. Awesome. Awesome."
From the writings of Kevin Smith:

"There can only be one."
"What?"
"Highlander, man? The Kurgan. Remember? I'd yell it at you whenever we passed each other in the hallway?"
"Like it was yesterday, man. Awesome. Awesome."
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9:45AM on 05/21/2012
I think Highlander fits the remake rules, classic though it is. There's still room for improvement there. However, I'd want to see Tom Hardy as MacLeod, with Kevin Durand as The Kurgan.
I think Highlander fits the remake rules, classic though it is. There's still room for improvement there. However, I'd want to see Tom Hardy as MacLeod, with Kevin Durand as The Kurgan.
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