Ryan Reynolds Leaves the 'Highlander' Reboot

The actor was going to play Connor MacLeod, but decided to part ways with the project after an extended development period.

Ryan Reynolds exits Highlander reboot
Ryan Reynolds exits Highlander reboot
Ryan Reynolds has decided to part ways with Summit Entertainment's Highlander reboot due to a very long development period.

Justin Lin was originally brought on to direct the film back in late 2009, but left in 2011 to focus on Fast & Furious 6. After his departure, the studio hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to take the reigns on the project. He left in November of 2012 after not being able to match visions with the studio. They are currently searching for his replacement, leaving the Green Lantern star in limbo. This gives the producers a chance to start over and appoint a new director, who will in turn hire a new star that fits his or her vision.

The first Highlander was directed by Russell Mulcahy and starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. The film lead to five sequels and a TV series. Ryan Reynolds most recently voiced a role in DreamWorks Animation's Turbo and will be seen in Robert Schwentke action comedy R.I.P.D.

Highlander comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Ryan Reynolds. The film is directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

Sources: The Wrap

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Comments (16)

  1. phatalphd

    @knightmare90 lol me too, shows kinda been slept on. I think it's great though, finale is gonna be crazy

    1 year agoby @phatalphdFlag

  2. ed_wood

    Good move Ryan. This movie should be left alone.

    1 year agoby @ed-woodFlag

  3. Fry_3000

    Smart decision, I can see this bombing. First one is still one my fav's, " there can only be one". The others that followed were poo

    1 year agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  4. Gandoff

    Gerald Butler could do this. He is Scottish. If they do do this film, why not put the Scott into the role? Ewan McGregor would work to, but I think Gerald would be better fit over all.

    1 year agoby @gandoffFlag

  5. Nick C.

    @phatalphd Honestly....how did I forget about him??? I'm obsessed with Hannibal right now

    1 year agoby @knightmare90Flag

  6. phatalphd

    @knightmare90 yeah! or I was actually thinking Mads Mikkelsen, he was sick in Vahalla Rising

    1 year agoby @phatalphdFlag

  7. enock

    THANKS GODDD..........

    1 year agoby @enockFlag

  8. Dan

    Good. F*cking collapse completely, now.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    How about not doing it at all?

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Nick C.

    @phatalphd Like Kevin McKidd, Gerard Butler, or Ewan McGregor? James McAvoy would seem too young and out of character to me. Or even Tommy Flanagan from SOA

    1 year agoby @knightmare90Flag

  11. artkid04

    Good job ryan, now get going on that deadpool movie

    1 year agoby @artkid04Flag

  12. CelluloidDreams

    Good for Ryan !!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  13. phatalphd

    thank god...here's a weird idea...how bout you get a scottsman to play a scottsman? wow, out of the box I know

    1 year agoby @phatalphdFlag

  14. jasdjqs

    good for him !!!!!!

    1 year agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  15. Writer220

    with all these people leaving, one would think to stop the reboot completely and continue the franchise instead.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  16. joelseph

    They just need to leave it alone. The 1st movie was great and was perfect on it's own. The TV show was a great use of the lore of the Immortals. Now, they are doing NOTHING but trying to make another buck. There are enough fans of this franchise to make sure it is seen but it is still not worth their effort. However, the last movie mash-up was a joke and disappointed fans of the movie and the TV show.

    1 year agoby @joelsephFlag