Rumor: Chris Hemsworth Offered Lead Role in ‘Lethal Weapon’ Reboot

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For years now, Hollywood has been resurrecting a number of franchises from the 1980s and turning them into big-budget productions. Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise is perhaps the most notable example of this, but other films like Tron: Legacy, 21 Jump Street and The Smurfs films have proven that fan-favorite properties still have plenty of life in them. Upcoming releases banking on the same holding true for them include the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film with star Eddie Murphy and the much-anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road.

Still, one franchise that has remained noticeably absent from the current era of reboots and “re-imaginings” is Lethal Weapon. The original 1987 action classic – directed by Richard Donner and written by Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black – followed stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as mismatched police partners and spawned three sequels. However, despite longtime rumblings that Warner Bros. hopes to reboot the franchise, it has laid dormant since 1998, leaving fans wondering (hoping?) whether the franchise is truly dead. According to a new rumor, that may not be the case after all.

The Tracking Board is reporting that none other than Thor star Chris Hemsworth has, in fact, been offered the lead role in Warner Bros.’ Lethal Weapon reboot. The site says that the script – currently titled Lionhunters - centers on the son of an older cop who decides to join the police force. Fans may remember that Mel Gibson and Rene Russo’s characters had a son at the end of the previous film. So it’s quite possible that this is the role Hemsworth would be up for. Justin Lin (Fast Five) is reportedly attached to direct, with Will Beall (Gangster Squad) writing the screenplay.

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Before fans get all excited about the God of Thunder playing the next-generation Riggs, this story is absolutely not official and should be considered only a rumor at this point. However, that being said, it makes perfect sense that Warner Bros. would go after Hemsworth, who has certainly proven himself a bankable action hero (at least in films bearing the Marvel banner). Bringing him in as Gibson’s son would also allow for the series’ original stars to appear, whether in supporting roles or simply cameos. A similar approach worked for the 2000 version of 1971 cult classic Shaft, wherein Samuel L. Jackson starred as the nephew to original star Richard Roundtree’s character.

Hemsworth’s availability is another issue, however, as he is currently working on The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and will certainly reprise his role in Thor 3 a couple years later. Plus, even if this rumor rings true, it’s possible that Gibson and Glover have no interest in revisiting their most famous roles, though their recent action work implies that they may no longer feel that they’re “too old for this” kind of adventure. Lin’s involvement sounds even more doubtful, since the in-demand filmmaker is already tied to the next Bourne film, though it is possible that the new Lethal Weapon could be next on his radar.

Do you think Hemsworth would make a worthy successor to the Lethal Weapon franchise, or is this one series you’d rather see left alone? Sound off in the comments section below.

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Source: The Tracking Board

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  1. I’m getting too old for this crap.

    • + 1000

      • If by “this crap”, you mean reboots that are unnecessary and/or too soon, I also add my + 1000.

    • Take Ex-Lax.

    • that’s because you’re stupid

    • I’m pretty sure he was referring to Danny Glover always saying he is too old, and you all missed the joke.

  2. I don’t get Hollywood’s fascination with reboots, remakes, and sequels. They are just constantly sending money out there. They aren’t artists. They’re profiteers. It really doesn’t make sense to me.
    Anyway, sure, Chris Hemsworth is a decent actor but I can never see him becoming a Robert Downey Jr. or someone like that. You know what would be cool? Justin Lin is a good director (not great obviously). I’m sure if it’s in the vein of an action comedy and everything was completely redone, sign on Denzel Washington and Matt Damon. That would be a film worth the money. Just take the title and the basic concept, and call it a reboot. Not a scene for scene rehash.

    • I can never see him being a Mel Gibson, either.

      Don’t know why they reboot films with clearly lesser actors, as the movie will never achieve the status of the original.

      Oh yea…a little more money for Hollywood.

  3. Get Idris Elba to play Roger Murtaugh!

    • Bingo!

    • YES! I like the idea, especially if it is the son of Riggs.
      To all the “Hollywood is only about the money!” people crying about art, you’ve got to have profit movies (the ones paying customers like to spend their hard earned money on)to create the opportunity to take a risk investing money on an “art” film.

      Sorry I just hate “film snobbery.”

      If they are gonna do the son story, they could get the actor that played Murtaugh’s son in all the previous movies. I’m sure he could use a pay check.

  4. Do they really have to remake every fu**ing thing that ever existed? The other day I read that they plan on making a remake of Private Benjamin with Rebel Wilson as the lead. Rebel Wilson!! Why don’t they make it a sequel and call it Private Benjamin 2? The 2 in the title would be fitting, considering that Wilson probably weighs as much as two Goldie Hawns…

    • Is Melissa McCarthy going to play the drill instructor? Might as well go for broke….

  5. Ahh Damn it!!!
    This is my fault fellow Ranters.
    Just this freaking weekend I was talking with a friend about reboots or remakes and I specifically said “I’m surprised Lethal Weapon hasn’t been rebooted yet” and here we are 5 days later and I read this.
    Sorry folks. I jinxed it. :(

    • No there’s been news about this for awhile now with rumors that the writer of Gangster squad writing the script way back when that came out.

      • No need to burst his bubble man…

  6. So Chris already has Avengers 2 and Thor 3 on his plate…wasn’t he also considered for The Raid remake with his brother? Who wouldn’t be all for Thor as Riggs Jr. fresh outta the middle east as a member of the specials forces with the exact same tatoo his dad and Mr. Joshua had? @_@

    • Note: They are rebooting and making a movie or two or a hundred…does not matter which movie, any movie…all starring Chris Hemsworth (that’s OK, I actually don’t mind him as an actor)!

  7. What´s the point of rebooting everything? we are like in a rebooting era.
    I mean, there are cases where it was necessary to reboot (i.e. Spider man) but this?

  8. F@@@ing. Ridiculous.

  9. OK. Stop rebooting! Enough is enough! Be original!! Gosh ..this is my generation being so unfreaking imaginative…i am sorry public

  10. When I was watching the Raid 2 last month, I thought to myself how there hasn’t been a good cop-action movie in a long time. There’s a lot of buddy cop movies but no cop-actions in the vein of Lethal Weapon.

    I can’t say I dislike this particular reboot. There’s some cool stuff you can do to play off the title. My biggest hope is that it’s not action fluff and actually has heart & soul to it.

  11. ‘Lethal Weapon’ Reboot …WHAT???

  12. It “centers on the son of an older cop” it’s not a remake at least. But then again, reboots for the vast majority of them suck as hard as straight up remakes.

    In the end whatever they do, it wont be as good as Lethal Weapon. A few quick bucks and off to the next lazy unoriginal half baked script riding the coat-tails of people who really made good movies.

  13. Dear Hollywood,

    STOP REMAKING THINGS THAT DON’T NEED TO BE REMADE. If I see someone like Michael B. Jordan say, “I’m too old for this s**t,” I’m gonna LOSE my s**t.

    Sincerely, Alexx

  14. An Aussie (Gibson) for an Aussie (Hemsworth) eh ?

    I feel Chris Hemsworth has gone too big for a reboot. They’ve should offer the role to his younger brother Liam or Garrett Hedlund.

    So who will play Murtaugh ? Tracy Morgan? or Donal Glover?

  15. He’s got the Thor thing going on for awhile, he should look at the Red Dawn experience and really think about whether he wants to step into another remake of an even more popular 80′s-90′s franchise. All of that said I honestly think he would be better as the Bohdi character for Point Break for some reason, he has the right look for that part and it would not be a massive acting stretch for him.

  16. Rigg’s son teams up with Murtagh’s granddaughter as newly minted detectives of the LAPD… (remember Murtagh’s daughter was preggers too…)

  17. Pfff. Can no one have a creative original thought anymore.

    I must confess to being a little bored with all these remakes, not the quality of them as I haven’t seem many so they could be good films but the concept of just re-making stuff.

    Use the idea / format…. fine, but create new characters, situations and new franchises.

  18. I was still hoping deep down for 1 more Lethal Weapon w/ the original cast. But if they are going to reboot, this is a good start.

  19. Mel Gibson made a film about a god now a god will make a film about Mel Gibson.

    It has symmetry.

  20. Don’t touch Lethal Weapon, please.

  21. I don’t get Hollywood’s fascination with reboots, remakes, and sequels. They are just constantly sending money out there. They aren’t artists. They’re profiteers. It really doesn’t make sense to me.
    Anyway, sure, Chris Hemsworth is a decent actor but I can never see him becoming a Robert Downey Jr. or someone like that. You know what would be cool? Justin Lin is a good director (not great obviously). I’m sure if it’s in the vein of an action comedy and everything was completely redone, sign on Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. That would be a film worth the money. Just take the title and the basic concept, and call it a reboot. Not a scene for scene rehash.
    Adam Sandler and Chris Rock 2nd action movie?.

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