Ryan Reynolds Drops Out of ‘Highlander’ Reboot

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There can be only one Highlander, but apparently it won’t be Ryan Reynolds. According to a new report, the actor has dropped out of Summit’s reboot of the franchise.

This is the second piece of bad news for Summit on the troubled production. Earlier this year, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo left the film, which likely played a key role in Reynolds’ decision to jump ship.

The Wrap was the first to report the news, noting that the film has been in some stage of development for years (with Justin Lin attached to direct the movie all the way back in 2009). With no director and no lead, producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis will have to basically start over.

Reynolds is extremely busy at the moment with a number of films in development and two movies coming out later this summer: the comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. with Jeff Bridges and the DreamWorks animated comedy Turbo. Still, it’s a shame that he won’t be taking on the role of Connor MacLeod. (Of course, it’s a bigger shame that we’re not getting a Deadpool movie anytime soon, but I digress.)

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Highlander is one of those franchises that could make for a solid reboot. Yes, the original is a cult classic and spawned a moderately popular franchise. But it’s not so beloved that a new version would be considered sacrilegious. Plus, maybe this time around they won’t have a Scottish guy playing a 15th-century Spaniard (no disrespect to the great Sean Connery).

On the other hand, with as many delays as Summit has seen so far, you have to wonder how long they’re going to keep working on the production before throwing in the towel.

What do you think? Is a Highlander reboot worth all of Summit’s trouble? Now that Reynolds is out of the film, who would be a good replacement?


Stay tuned for more news about the Highlander Reboot.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Excuse me but surely the obvious person for the role is Gerard Butler !!!! He is SCOTTISH after all !!!!!!!! Why have an actor do a Scottish accent when you can have a Scottish actor !!!! Gerard Butler all the way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Absolutely!! It’s great news that Reynolds dropped out. Now with a decent script, they can replace him with Butler!

  2. Michael Fassbender.

  3. Are you kidding this is good news! Nobody wanted Ryan to play Connor Macleod, he was a terrible choice for so many reasons which makes me have very little faith in the people in charge of this film if they actually thought Ryan would be a good choice. People, the obvious choices would be Thomas Jane (which is my first choice cause he looks the part) or Gerard Butler. It’s not going to be successful if you go for a boyish male model type looking guy. This needs to be a MAN!

    • That’s why names like Thomas Jane, Gerard Butler and James Purefoy keep popping up – they can look like scary frickin’ people! They would need to look like they could have been a warrior hundreds of years ago. And they would need to like Queen, because they would (hopefully) be hearing a lot of their music.

  4. Juan Sanchez Villa Lobos Ramirez is EGYPTIAN, not spanish!!!!.. And a scottish guy who played an egyptian (!) was very good. That film was a cult. I HATE this hollywood s***-farm who does only reboot and remakes. They have no ideas. NO ideas. Only reboots and remakes. Conan, Spider Man, Robocop.. now that stupid “khan” in the last Star Trek movie (you simply cannot use THAT name in a star trek movie.. it is blasphemy.. and he has nothing of KHAN.. is a normal-looking guy who can be an accountant, maybe) But the good news is that nobody can reboot Highlander without that cast (the Kurgan, Ramirez.. nobody can bring them on screen, nobody else) and that Music.
    But, anyway.. Ramirez is egyptian. And no one can impersonate him again. Deal with it :)

    • THANK YOU!! As soon as I saw Spaniard, I knew the person writing this article knew nothing of the movie. Then goes on to say it is an easy enough reboot, lacks all credibility.

  5. There are a few more scottish actors out there folks. Highlander def should be treated with some serious consideration to those main characters. Connor, Ramirez, Kurgan… hell even “My bonny Heather” matters. Plz take your time, do it right and with respect to the original. Try not to use too much CGI, unless Cameron signs on or Spielburg then go for it. Just sayin my piece, loyal fan that i am.

  6. shame his forehead was perfect for this part.

  7. Yes, The best choice is Gerard Butler……people listen to the fans,there is a cult following for a reason…We know our Highlanders

  8. This is actually great news to me.

  9. Why does it have to be Connor, and why does it have to be a reboot of the same old story? Can’t anybody write an original movie any more?

    Regardless of the name of the lead character, I agree about Gerard Butler. Great actor. How about support actors with names like Sean Bean, Brendon Gleeson, and Adrian Brody. Brian Cox as an evil immortal would be perfect. Jeremy Irons as an older mentor. If they want it to be epic, they have to go epic on the cast. They can’t do it with a chick-flick actor like Reynolds.