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There Can Only Be Another One: Ryan Reynolds In Talks To Star In 'Highlander' Remake

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist May 18, 2012 at 3:26PM

Oh, dear Ryan Reynolds. For years, people were saying that the actor would be an ideal movie star: handsome, funny, capable of pulling off action roles. And after some false starts, things seemed to be heading his way: he had a massive romantic comedy smash behind him with "The Proposal," and the summer of 2011 would see him headline both superhero flick "Green Lantern" and a promising R-rated comedy, "The Change-Up." Unfortunately, both tanked, and while he co-starred in the modest hit "Safe House" at the start of this year, it's yet to be proven if he's a real, viable A-lister. And we're not sure if the latest project he's taking on is going to change that.
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Ryan Reynolds in Highlander

Oh, dear Ryan Reynolds. For years, people were saying that the actor would be an ideal movie star: handsome, funny, capable of pulling off action roles. And after some false starts, things seemed to be heading his way: he had a massive romantic comedy smash behind him with "The Proposal," and the summer of 2011 would see him headline both superhero flick "Green Lantern" and a promising R-rated comedy, "The Change-Up." Unfortunately, both tanked, and while he co-starred in the modest hit "Safe House" at the start of this year, it's yet to be proven if he's a real, viable A-lister. And we're not sure if the latest project he's taking on is going to change that.

See, Variety report that the actor is Summit Entertainment's first choice to star in their remake of "Highlander," and that Reynolds is interested, with early talks having begun between the two parties. Some might see this as a good thing for the actor's career, but 1) tell that to Christopher Lambert or Adrian Paul's agents, and 2) "Highlander" was (whisper it) pretty bad to begin with, when viewed away from the rosy-tint of '80s VHS nostalgia, and we're not sure a remake is necessarily going to improve on that, particularly with a script originally penned by "Twilight" scribe Melissa Rosenberg, although "Iron Man" scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have since come on board to rewrite.

Still, Reynolds has another shake of the blockbuster dice in 2013 with "R.I.P.D.," which shares a producer with this film in the shape of Neal Moritz, so he could be the biggest megastar in the world by the time "Highlander" makes it into theaters. But honestly, we do like Reynolds despite, you know, most of the films he makes, and we'd really rather he wouldn't take on a project like this. "28 Weeks Later" helmer Juan-Carlos Fresnadillo is directing, and should Reynolds sign on officially, he'll be chopping heads off on screen in 2013 or 2014.

This article is related to: Highlander, Ryan Reynolds, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo


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