A reboot of the 1986 cult fantasy film Highlander has been in development for some time. Directors such as Justin Lin and actors such as Ryan Reynolds and Dave Bautista have been attached to the project. Currently, John Wick director Chad Stahelski is set to take the helm with Neal H. Moritz, Josh Davis, and David Leitch producing while Amanda Lewis, Patrick Wachsberger, and Gregory Widen will executive produce. Now, the reboot may have found it's lead.
It's been confirmed today that Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Witcher, Enola Holmes) is set to star as Connor MacLeod. The original saw Christopher Lambert in the role, a Scottish warrior born in the 16th century who learns he is an immortal after he dies in battle, only to come back to life. Sean Connery co-starred as Connor’s mentor, a man named Juan Sánchez-Villalobos Ramírez who teaches Connor he is destined to fight immortals like himself until one remains and becomes the most powerful being on Earth. The film bounces between his origins and centuries later in present day New York where Connor faces off against the Kurgan (Originally played by Clancy Brown), another immortal out to claim the power for himself. Let's be honest though, Cavill just needs to be able to say this one line well:
Lionsgate is currently behind the film whose current draft has been penned by Ryan J. Condal (2014's Hercules, Rampage) and Kerry Williamson (2012's Alex Cross, What Happened to Monday). No release date has been announced. Stay tuned!