Tom Cruise is reportedly being courted to star in a reboot of the “Highlander” franchise at Summit Entertainment says The Wrap.
VFX supervisor and second-unit director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is set to make his feature directorial debut on the big-budget project. The reboot is expected to go back to the original 1986 film which starred Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod and Sean Connery as his mentor Juan Ramirez. Summit is said to be keen on Cruise playing the role Connery did.
The story followed an immortal Scottish swordsman on a quest for revenge against a barbarian who has chased him across time as they battle for ‘The Prize’. The franchise that spawned ultimately consisted of five films, two TV series, several novels and various animated projects.
A Cruise representative says the project one of many on offer to him and he is “far from talks”. Another insider says Summit is not in negotiations with Cruise, but didn’t deny he was the top choice to co-star alongside a still upcast major young star as MacLeod.
Justin Lin as previously attached to direct but will now executive produce. Melissa Rosenberg, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway penned the script while Neal H. Moritz and Peter Davis will produce.