Warner Bros. and Henry Cavill had a pretty bad divorce after Superman debacle but that does not mean there is a lack of work for the actor. The Witcher season 2 is coming soon and the British actor still has a massive following worldwide. On the strength of that support, Lionsgate greenlit a Highlander reboot with the actor starring in the titular role, with John Wick director Chad Stahelski sitting behind the monitor.
Highlander was a movie released in 1986, while not a box office or critical success, the movie has gone on to live a long life in pop culture. From the popular Queen song to the tagline “There can be only one,” Highlander has been able to enjoy a cult following resulting in multiple live-action sequels, a TV show and animated series.
The movie followed a Scottish warrior from the 1500s who has lived on for more than four centuries. He is exiled by his clan and later wanders the land ending up in New York where age old enemies and immortals try to kill him to gather the power of all immortals. Now Lionsgate is hoping to generate interest in a reboot with Henry Cavill playing the role of Highlander and stuntman turned director Chad Stahelski bringing his action sense to the nearly 4 decade old franchise.
Highlander Starring Henry Cavill – Everything You Need to Know
Henry Cavill has had his share of action movies in the past decade and the actor appears to be continuing the trend. The Witcher appears to be in for the long haul with Henry talking about how he is ready to do it for years to come and now it appears he will have another franchise on his hands for the foreseeable future.
Chad Stahelski is probably the most sought after director for action movies these days. From doubling Keanu Reeves in The Matrix to now directing him in the beloved John Wick franchise, the former stuntman has come long way. And he is continuing his relationship with Lionsgate, the company that took the chance with the first John Wick movie.
The directing credits for Chad Stahelski is limited to John Wick movies, he directed all three Wick movies with the fourth on the way. But the director is also signed on to director more than 7 different projects at the moment. So, priorities and scheduling will be the key for Chad to get through all the projects.
Henry on the other hand appears to be swapping swords of two different franchises. He is a sword wielding warrior in The Witcher and now he will also be picking up the broadsword of the Highlander to take on the Kurgen. Henry Cavill‘s casting was met with widespread good reception among the fans. Considering none of the sequels were able to achieve the success of the first movie, Highlander is ripe for a reboot with the right people in front and behind the camera.
The Superman actor wrote on Instagram, “Very exciting news today! I’ve been a fan of Highlander since I was lad. From the movies in all of their 80s, Queen slathered glory to the TV show with an actor who looked remarkably like one of my brothers. Being not shy with swords, and having a director as talented as Chad Stahelski at the helm, this is an opportunity like no other. Deep diving into franchise storytelling with all the tools at our disposal, is going to make this an adventure I (and hopefully all of you) shall never forget.”
The original Highlander starred Christopher Lambert as the immortal Highlander with the late great Sean Connery appearing as his mentor and Clancy Brown playing The Krugen. More of the cast is yet to be announced but we do know Kerry Williamson is writing the script with Fast & Furious EP Neal H. Moritz producing the movie for Lionsgate.
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