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Henry Cavill to star in ‘Highlander’ reboot – report

By Christian Imperio Published May 24, 2021 1:30 pm

Man of Steel and The Witcher actor Henry Cavill will reportedly star in Lionsgate's reboot of Highlander.

According to sources by Deadline, Cavill is in negotiations to play one of the lead roles in the long-gestating remake of Highlander. The film will be helmed by John Wick director Chad Stahelski with Kerry Williamson penning the script. Neal H. Moritz and Josh Davis are producing while Amanda Lewis, Patrick Wachsberger and Gregory Widen will executive produce.

Cavill, who is also reprising his role as Sherlock Homes in the upcoming Enola Holmes sequel, also confirmed the "very exciting" news in an Instagram post on Friday and said, "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."

He added: "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 actor also shared that he's been "dipping" into his Scottish heritage lately and inadvertently doing his research for the film. To give his fans an idea, he also posted a photo of the books So You're Going to Wear the Kilt and Those Bloody Kilts, as well as a dagger and a bottle of scotch whisky "straight from cask."

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As of this writing, the film's release date and plot details are still unknown, including the exact role Cavill will be playing in the upcoming remake.

For those unfamiliar, the original 1986 fantasy-adventure film follows the story of three immortal beings played by Christopher Lambert (Connor Macleod), Sean Connery (Juan Sánchez-Villalobos Ramírez) and Clancy Brown (the Kurgan). The plot centers on the immortal warriors fighting one another for the Prize—the power of all the immortals through time.

The cult classic, most notably known for the "There can be only one" tagline, spawned four sequels, three television series, several novels, comic books, and video games.

(Images from IMDB)