Ryan Reynolds Officially Cast As The HIGHLANDER

Ryan Reynolds Officially Cast As The HIGHLANDER

Lionsgate/Summit have found the "one" to lead their remake of the classic '80s sci-fi/fantasy. Apparently the Green Lantern star has officially signed on to play Conner MacLeod..

A while ago we heard that Lionsgate were after Ryan Reynolds to play the lead role in their planned remake/reboot of Highlander. Back then word was that the actor was the front-runner and both parties were keen to work together, but that it was still in the negotiation stages and he was free to pursue other projects. Well, according to The Tracking Board..

After roughly a month of negotiations, Ryan Reynolds has officially been cast in the lead role for HIGHLANDER. 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.

I think they mean the ultimate prize is MORtality! The original '80s movie focused on a race of immortals (although you can kill them by removing their head) battling through the ages. It all comes down to two - Connor McLoud (Christopher Lambert) and "The Kurgan" (Clancy Brown) - but of course, "there can be only one". Plot details on the remake/reboot are still unknown, but I guess it's expected to at least tell a similar story.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is on board to direct with Neal Moritz and Peter Davis producing.

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Filed Under "Sci-Fi" 6/26/2012 Source: The Tracking Board
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bane187 - 6/26/2012, 4:55 PM
DarthMauve - 6/26/2012, 4:58 PM
For the second time tonight...

Dear god, no.

Just... no.
HavocPrime - 6/26/2012, 4:59 PM
So no Deadpool then?
ManofSteel23 - 6/26/2012, 5:04 PM
ok I like him,in SOME films,but he really does play the same character in EEEEEVEERRYYYTHING! [frick] off reynolds
DaenerysTargaryen - 6/26/2012, 5:10 PM
God damn Reynolds!
CPBuff22 - 6/26/2012, 5:10 PM
Dear Hollywood,

QUIT REMAKING CRAP! Give me something new. Allow actors who have signed on to do movies featuring NEW ideas to do those movies instead of signing them on to remakes. And while your at it stop making movies based on board games. No one want to see that.
PreparationH - 6/26/2012, 5:11 PM
How does this walking douche get all these fiction roles?
KnobGoblin - 6/26/2012, 5:11 PM
Curmudgeon - 6/26/2012, 5:13 PM
Ok, can we please not use the terms "official" or "officially" unless the news comes from a press release?

Because saying it's "official" then saying it's "probably legit" are two very different things.
HavocPrime - 6/26/2012, 5:13 PM
Least it isn't Taylor Kitsch, soon as his name is on anything it just bombs, with Reynolds it may have a chance, a slim one but it is still there,
RorMachine - 6/26/2012, 5:16 PM
It's legit, 100%
JonG303 - 6/26/2012, 5:18 PM
So immortals are fighting for... immortality? WTF? The original prize was mortality/fertility/awareness.
Screwger - 6/26/2012, 5:18 PM
They cast him because Summit wants back they major audience (which is girls) back to the cinema and make money on them.AGAIN!!! This is the wrong way to cast and this crap directly says there will be no Deadpool. At least with Wilder.
relentless1 - 6/26/2012, 5:18 PM
that [frick]in sucks ryan reynolds cant play serious rols like this one, bad choice by the studio on this one
RorMachine - 6/26/2012, 5:23 PM
Well, my contact assure me it's true, and as you can see Nailbiter got word from ol Variety on the matter too.

Anyway, I have no idea what people are so upset about. RR can be brilliant! Ok he makes a lot of silly movies and when he overdoes the smarm he sucks but see Buried, Smokin Aces, The Nines, Safe House, Amytiville Horror etc, the man CAN act.
TheZoan - 6/26/2012, 5:23 PM
F#*K NO!!!
WolvieCBM - 6/26/2012, 5:24 PM
Good choice. We'll see what happens.
Dynamo - 6/26/2012, 5:26 PM
Look I like Ryan Reynolds. I was on board with him being cast as GL. But who the [frick] thought he'd make a good choice for a Scotsman?
OnLeatherWings - 6/26/2012, 5:26 PM
The guy really can do serious roles. Yet GL still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. They really shouldn't be making this movie anyways. Never saw the original but Hollywood needs to.stop these remakes. I would rather make the same movie but just call it something else.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/26/2012, 5:30 PM
NO [frick]ING WAY!!!O_O
SeaSerpentine - 6/26/2012, 5:30 PM
darkjoker1 - 6/26/2012, 5:31 PM
-_- why? are they remaking it? and ryan reynolds should be doing a deadpool movie not this......ryan reynolds is a good actor he was good in safe house and other movies i dont think he can act scottish.......
Thatman12 - 6/26/2012, 5:37 PM
I LOVE anything Highlander. I like Reynolds. My fingers are crossed but I still have a bitter taste in my mouth from GL. Not his fault, but guilt by association.
Thatman12 - 6/26/2012, 5:40 PM
@UncannyXMan: ya.... I've lost faith in that ever happening.
CharacterAssassin - 6/26/2012, 5:41 PM
This gonna be straight to Beta Max.
Bodwulf - 6/26/2012, 5:41 PM
Sweet feathery moses..........
dracula - 6/26/2012, 5:42 PM
tomas jane should be the highlander and liam neesion needs to be sean conery
Armyshot - 6/26/2012, 5:44 PM
Umm... this better be coming AFTER deadpool. Stupid Reynolds!
marvel72 - 6/26/2012, 5:44 PM
i like the original highlander but everything after that sucked hairy balls.
kevberg - 6/26/2012, 5:44 PM
cool ass news ! hell yeah....he'll rock that accent!

JatevinM - 6/26/2012, 5:45 PM
I hate when people act like Reynolds isn't a good actor. Im going to see this mainly because of Reynolds.
StormLoganSummers - 6/26/2012, 5:45 PM
What's a Highlander?
mgeoff88 - 6/26/2012, 5:46 PM
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I have heard great things about his performance in Safe House.

I'm just having a hard time seeing him as Conner MacLeod.

Optimus83 - 6/26/2012, 5:48 PM
Deadpool, Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Connor McCleod. ...this guy is very fanatic of comic & science fiction
JatevinM - 6/26/2012, 5:50 PM
People keep saying he doesn't care about Deadpool but he can't start until its ready and if it was ready seeing as he is under contract nothing else would matter. Deadpool won't happen until the studio is ready.
glynthomas86 - 6/26/2012, 5:56 PM
I really like Ryan Reynolds and am probably more inclined to watch it because of him BUT, me thinks him a less than great choice for the role. I know....I kind of just contradicted myself. But this property has a lot of followers. To reboot it with someone who is currently popular instead of with one who is right for the role is likely a bad move.
DeadPoolLax - 6/26/2012, 6:00 PM
love ryan reynolds, but he needs to not be in so many comic book-esque movies. the only one that really matters and that will actually be good is Deadpool. green lantern sucked, RIPD will suck, and Highlander will probably suck too. DEADPOOL!!!!!!
ElBicho - 6/26/2012, 6:02 PM

So can we please now have Jensen Ackles as Deadpool!
m0th3r - 6/26/2012, 6:02 PM
another franchise ruined....i wish reynolds would have some spiritual awakening and retire..
GeekyCheekyChic - 6/26/2012, 6:03 PM
really? really? wow just wow and no.
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