Ryan Reynolds has been cast as eternal warrior Connor MacLeod in the forthcoming remake of cult 80s fantasy Highlander, reports the Tracking Board.
28 Weeks Later's Juan Carlos Fresnadillo looks set to direct the new version, which will once again focus on a Scottish clansman who must battle other immortals until only one of them survives. They can only be killed via decapitation.
Russell Mulcahy's 1986 film is known for its ham acting and incongruous accents (American-born French actor Christopher Lambert plays a Scotsman while Sean Connery stars as a Spaniard). Nevertheless, it has spawned four sequels and two live-action TV series as well as numerous animated entries and comic books. Terms such as "the quickening" and the phrase "there can be only one" have entered the fanboy lexicon and a reboot has been in the works for several years.
Reynolds recently played superhero Green Lantern in last year's poorly received comic book adaptation. Hollywood is currently plundering 80s and 90s genre fare in its search for new blockbuster material, often focusing on Paul Verhoeven's brilliant back catalogue. A reworking of 1990's Total Recall is set to arrive in cinemas in August, with Len Wiseman taking over as director and Colin Farrell in the Arnold Schwarzenegger role, while the Dutch director's Robocop (1987) is being retooled by Elite Squad's José Padilha, with Joel Kinnaman stepping into Peter Weller's shiny steel armour. Plans are also afoot to bring back Verhoeven's Starship Troopers from as recently as 1997, reportedly eschewing the original's anti-fascist satirical bent in favour of a more patriotic approach.
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