Did the ‘Highlander’ Reboot Just Cast Dave Bautista as the Villain? If So, We’re into It
There have been plenty of rumors swirling around the upcoming (and long-gestating) Highlander reboot. As you’ll recall, a while back it was rumored that Summit was gunning for Tom Cruise to play the mentor role originated by Sean Connery in the 1986 film. Today’s rumor is a bit more reliable: Guardians of the Galaxy actor and wrestling superstar Dave Bautista has been cast as the villainous Kurgan. And you know, that sounds about right.
Latino-Review reports that Summit has cast Bautista in the role of the main antagonist in the upcoming reboot, which is being helmed by VFX pro Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, best known for his work on Snow White and the Huntsman. Nicolas-Troyan will make his directorial debut on the sequel, The Huntsman, next year, which means the Highlander reboot will likely begin production shortly after.
The original Highlander film told the story of Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish warrior who engages in a centuries-old battle with the last remaining opponent of his immortal rivals, as both race to obtain the legendary “Prize.” Clancy Brown originated the role of Kurgan in that film, while Sean Connery played the role of MacLeod’s mentor.
The Highlander reboot has been in the works for years, with Ryan Reynolds attached to play MacLeod at one point, and directors Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo attached to helm the project at different times over the course of its development. The latest draft of the script was delivered by Noah Oppenheim, who previously penned The Maze Runner. Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg wrote a previous draft.
No word yet on a potential release date, but we’re pretty excited for the potential of the project, given Bautista’s breakout performance in last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy.