Ryan Reynolds Exits HIGHLANDER Reboot

     June 17, 2013


Ryan Reynolds has departed Summit’s Highlander reboot.  This leaves the picture without either a lead actor or a director, as Juan Carlos Fresnadillo exited last year citing creative differences.  Producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis had been searching for a replacement director with Reynolds waiting in the wings.  This comes as a clean slate of sorts with the studio now able to search for a new leading man and a compatible director.  As The Wrap reports, Reynolds would have played “Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish swordsman forced to confront the Kurgan, a brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled ‘Prize.’”  Reynolds will next be heard voicing the lead character in DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo, followed by a live-action role opposite Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., opening the same week.

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  • Internet Savior

    Someone call Josh Holloway..

  • Dave

    Is it just me: or is this good news for the film? I was just thinking about Green Lantern today and thinking how awful he was in the movie. I like RR-I really do-but he plays one character: Ryan Reynolds. Maybe he’ll prove me wrong sometime in the future (I didn’t see Buried and I heard he was pretty good in that), but it seems like Highlander with him would have been Van Wilder McCloud.

    • 97point6

      Couldn’t agree with you more Dave. The same thought crossed my mind before I read your post about “liking RR”, but damn, he’s a lightweight and I’ve never seen anything otherwise. Who in their right minds would cast him in this part? Will someone please upgrade the quality of drugs going into Hollywood so we can squeeze some decent movies out before the whole machine collapses?

      • KingOftheUniverse

        Yeah, because we are talking about the remake of ‘Bicycle Thieves’, aren’t we? Whenever a comment starts with ‘I like Ryan Reynolds’, I know what’s coming after that. So what, if he started with Van Wilder? You would have refused the role awaiting for Bergman to call you for ‘Persona’? What a bunch of cyber bullies! Go watch Buried and only THEN discuss about an actor being lightweight.

  • pwnednoob

    I’m REALLY hoping he dropped out of this because Fox finally gave the green light for Deadpool. Just do it already!!! You have the script, director, actor. TAKE MY MONEY.

    • http://senzafine.net/ Yahzee

      … when did that happened? If so, and they go for the R rated route, inded, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

      • pwnednoob

        I said I’m “HOPING” that this is the case. No green light has been given.

  • Yurine

    There can only be one: Sean Connery!

    • RiddleThemThis

      Not christopher lambert?

      • LEM

        No Adrian Paul?

  • pinkincide

    Highlander won Best Movie Ever Made, so this has to be good.

  • Old Soldier

    I hope this “reimagining” fails ,a lot of money is lost and people lose their jobs for this.

    Don’t touch my Highlander!

  • LEM

    Great news! He was wrong for the part. I think they need more of a chameleon for the part.

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