Ryan Reynolds is the New Highlander?

The Green Lantern might don a kilt in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's reboot of the popular fantasy franchise.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Why can't Hollywood quit Ryan Reynolds? Though charismatic and pretty good-looking, the leading man has rarely pulled out a successful film, particular in the action genre. All of his comic book movies, Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern among them, have disappointed to one degree or another, and his most recent success with Safe House probably owes a lot to his co-star Denzel Washington, around whom most of the enjoyable action thriller's marketing was based. So it speaks volumes of Reynolds' likability and good faith within the film industry that he's now being considered to headline yet another action franchise, Lionsgate's reboot of the immortal decapitation fantasy Highlander.

Lionsgate has been pulling for a Highlander reboot for a while now, attaching 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to remake Russell Mulcahy's 1986 cult classic. Variety now reports that Ryan Reynolds is the current frontrunner to take over from the franchise's original star, Christopher Lambert. Presumably, since they're keeping the title "Highlander," Fresnadillo intends to preserve the hero's Scottish origins, raising questions of whether Reynolds' distinctly American swagger will translate after he dons a kilt and a brogueish accent. 

Still no news of further casting, as we await news of which Hollywood badass Fresnadillo will tap to play The Kurgen, Highlander's popular and beloved villain, originally portrayed by Clancy Brown.

CraveOnline will return with more Highlander news because the show must go on.