Henry Cavill Circling Lionsgate’s ‘Highlander’ Reboot From Chad Stahelski

Henry Cavill Circling Lionsgate’s ‘Highlander’ Reboot From Chad Stahelski

Lionsgate’s Highlander reboot has gained some major star power in the form of Henry Cavill. The British actor is best known for playing Superman in Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Justice League. He also stars in Netflix’s TV series The Witcher and its recent film Enola Holmes, along with Mission Impossible – Fallout. Details of who he will play in this project have yet to be revealed, but Deadline reports that he is in talks for one of the lead roles in the film.

The original Highlander was released in 1986 and starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and Clancy Brown. The story of an immortal Scottish warrior who can only die if he is beheaded was enormously successful, leading to multiple sequels and TV series.

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Its most recognizable catchphrase and tagline is “There can only be one.”

Already attached at Lionsgate is director Chad Stahelski, whose previous credits include all three John Wick films. When asked by The Hollywood Reporter about his attitude towards the franchise, Stahelski replied, “I’ve been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school. Such great themes of immortality, love, and identity are all wrapped up in such colorful mythology.

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I can’t think of a better property that gives the opportunity to create interesting characters, mythic themes and action set pieces.”

Confirmed producers include Neal H. Moritz, Josh Davis, and David Leitch. Amanda Lewis, Patrick Wachsberger, and Gregory Widen are slated to executive produce.

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The most recent installment in the franchise was 2007’s Highlander: The Source, and this reboot has been in development since that time, with various updates indicating interest from Justin Lin, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Cruise, and Dave Bautista. Stahelski has officially been on board since 2016.

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