Henry Cavill in Talks to Join “Highlander” Reboot

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Henry Cavill at the "Justice League" World Premiere in 2017. Photo by FeatureflashSHM/REX/Shutterstock (9221617dd)

It appears that the reboot of fantasy action Highlander isn’t stuck in limbo after all. According to multiple reports, The Witcher star Henry Cavill is currently in talks to join the project in one of the lead roles.

Although there is no official confirmation, Cavill could reportedly play the main protagonist Connor MacLeod. The character was portrayed by Christopher Lambert in the original.

Chad Stahelski, known for his work on the John Wick franchise, is serving as a director. Kerry Williamson (What Happened to Monday) will pen the script.

The original Highlander, which was released in 1986, tells the story of a centuries-old war between immortals who hunt each other in order to become more powerful. Besides Lambert, the movie also starred Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and Roxanne Hart, among others.

While the movie wasn’t a box office or critical success, it managed to get a cult following over the years. It spanned a number of sequels, television series, and an animated film.

The plans for a remake and reboot of the franchise have been in place since 2008. Stahelski was attached to the project in 2016, having been a fan of the Highlander world since high school. In his previous interviews, he said that he wants to create “John Wick with swords” and that there is a trilogy being planned.