Tom Cruise in new Highlander Movie?


Fresh article from Den of Geek:

 Cruise has been linked with the Sean Connery mentor role in the new take on Highlander…

Here’s one from our Never-Saw-That-Coming-Dept. The planned reboot of the Highlander movie series, that Summit Entertainment is working on, is targeting Tom Cruise for one of its leading roles.

The Wrap reports that Cruise is being earmarked for the mentor role in the new Highlander, the part that Sean Connery took on in the original film. One of Cruise’s representatives admitted that Highlander is “one of many projects that come to him and he discusses”, noting that the actor is “far from talks”. Furthermore, Cruise has been “offered tons of projects”.

Which doesn’t sound quite so promising. Given that Tom Cruise is still taking on pretty much exclusively leading man roles – he’s currently filming Mission: Impossible 5 with director Christopher McQuarrie – it seems unlikely that the part in Highlander is something that would appeal. Yet stranger things have happened.

Highlander is being directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who did second unit directing work on Maleficent, and was the visual effects supervisor on Snow White And The Huntsman. We’d imagine that Summit will want to get cameras rolling at some point next year.

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Highlander is a 1986 British-American action fantasy film directed by Russell Mulcahy and based on a story by Gregory Widen. It stars Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and Roxanne Hart. The film depicts the climax of an ages-old battle between immortal warriors, depicted through interwoven past and present day storylines.

Despite having enjoyed little success in its initial U.S. release, the cult film launched Lambert to stardom and inspired a franchise that included film sequels and television spin-offs. The film’s tagline, “There can be only one”, has carried on throughout the franchise, as have the songs provided for the film by Queen.

In March 2008, Summit Entertainment announced that it had bought the film rights to the Highlander franchise and is remaking the original film. Originally Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway were writing the script, but Summit Entertainment turned to Melissa Rosenberg to write it instead, with release scheduled for 2011.In September 2009, Fast & Furious director Justin Lin was announced as director of the film, while Neal H. Moritz was slated to co-produce. However in August, Lin dropped out of the film due to commitments to other projects and was replaced by 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. In June 2012, Ryan Reynolds was announced to play the lead role of Connor MacLeod. Due to creative differences, Fresnadillo left in November 2012 and Reynolds also departed in June 2013.

In October 2013, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, visual effects supervisor and second unit director on Snow White and the Huntsman, was hired to direct the film, which will be his directorial debut. Filming is set to begin in 2014 using the original script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway