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Last month it was reported that Ryan Reynolds was in negotiations for the lead role in Summit/Lionsgate's remake of Russell Mulcahy's 'Highlander.' The new version would be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ('Intacto') and had been in the works for some time. Well now a source is confirming that Reynolds' deal has been finalized. He will play Connor Macleod, of clan Macleod, who discovers that he is a member of a dying breed of swashbuckling immortals who wander the Earth to find others of their kind...and then kill them. The script for the new 'Highlander' was penned by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (the duo behind 'Iron Man') with a rewrite preformed by 'Twilight's Melissa Rosenberg. Still no word on a release date.
Well, there you have it. Once again, I like Ryan Reynolds, but even if I wasn't his biggest fan, I'm not sure this would raise my hackles in the slightest. I mean come on, it's 'Highlander' for crying out loud. I maintain that the TV series starring Adrian Paul was actually better than the movie anyway so it's not as if the studio is treading on holy ground here. Now if they remake Mulcahy's 'Razorback,' I'll have a lot more to say. That's neither here nor there. Reynolds has the ability to be an action lead and was actually one of my favorite parts of 'Blade: Trinity,' much of the rest of that movie notwithstanding. He did some sword-slinging in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' as Deadpool, but I can't comment on how that will benefit or hurt him here because I've largely repressed all memory of that movie. The rewrite by Rosenberg still troubles me, but it's not as if she had genius material to work with adapting the 'Twilight' books so I guess I should cut her some slack. In summation, prepare for a smarmy, impossibly ripped MacLeod.
What do you guys think? Happy Reynolds is officially on board? Disappointed? Apathetic? Hungry? A little achy?
Source: The Tracking Board