Summit Entertainment are planning a remake of the ‘classic’ 80’s movie Highlander, and news has begun spreading this weekend at the actor who just might be the one to fill Christopher Lambert’s boots. It would appear that Ryan Reynolds is at the top of Summit’s list of actors for the role, and according to Variety, Reynolds is very interested to play the part.
Reynolds, however, has not become quite the bankable A-list star people were expecting him to become, and even after a very impressive role in this years Safe House, the actor is still approached with caution, and rightly so. He may have brought some fun to his role in last years awful The Green Lantern, but let’s be fair, he wasn’t brilliant. Role’s in comedies The Proposal and The Change Up did not exactly set the box office on fire either. However, and I am going to play Devil’s Advocate here, but Christopher Lambert’s performance in the original film was not exactly good now, was it? And to be fair Reynolds does possess a sort of dumb struck look about his face, one which Lambert carried off so well back in 1986, so just maybe Reynolds does suit the role?
However, with two Dreamworks animation films due next year, The Croods and Turbo (both featuring Reynolds’ voice) and a central role in horror comedy R.I.P.D alongside Jeff Bridges, Reynolds’ slate is pretty busy right now, and if Summit want to get Highlander moving, Reynolds might be too busy for the part.
Intruders and 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has signed on to direct the remake, which was originally written by Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. The film has since been re-written by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Reynolds is currently in talks with Summit to play the lead role, so we will keep you posted of any further developments.
By Matt Wavish