Hollywood has been trying for years to push Ryan Reynolds as the next hot leading star but to little avail so far. Green Lantern was a major box office and critical bomb while arty fare Buried went basically unnoticed two years ago. Even the unexpected success of Safe House earlier this year could be attributed more to Denzel Washington’s presence than Reynolds’ star power.
So is Ryan Reynolds truly an A-list star? It seems that the answer remains a no but Lionsgate will give it another shot as Variety reports that the actor is circling the lead role in the Highlander reboot. Christopher Lambert notoriously starred in the original 1986 film (wow, what happened to the guy?) and those of you old enough may also remember Adrian Paul playing the immortal swordsman in the TV series.
Reynolds certainly has shown that he can handle a blade or two, as shown in X-Men Origins: Wolverine but the trade cautions that he isn’t locked in on the role as of yet. While I kinda liked the TV series as a kid, a Highlander movie has always sounded a bit crummy to me so I’m not sure it would be a wise choice for Reynolds. Either way, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) is set to direct and it looks like we could this remake sooner rather than later.
The Canadian actor is set to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in Big Eyes. He recently wrapped up shooting R.I.P.D. alongside Jeff Bridges.