Could it actually be happening this time? The new take on Highlander has Henry Cavill on board.

We’ve known for a long while that a remake of the 1980s classic, Highlander, has been heading our way. It’s been a pretty tortuous journey though, with long periods of no movement, to the point where it seemed we’d never actually get to see another film about a bunch of sword-wielding immortals battling through the ages to claim their destiny.

At one point Ryan Reynolds was attached to star before that version faded away and for the last couple of years.

Chad Stahelski, the John Wick director has overseen the project most recently. Again, news has been scarce, until the weekend when it was revealed that none other than Henry Cavill has been tapped up to star in the remake.

The core premise of Highlander, immortals battling with blades for ultimate supremacy throughout history, is a perfect example of 1980s high concept ingenuity and as such, ripe for a remake. Perhaps the only element of the original film that hasn’t aged well is the quality of some of the duels themselves, as action cinema has come a long way since then.

The addition of both Stahelski, a renowned action director and now Cavill, who is more than a bit nifty with a sword in Netflix’s The Witcher series, bodes well for an action-focused reimagining of the film.

We’re really excited about this particular piece of casting news but we’re also equally intrigued as to what happens next. Who will fill the shoes of both Sean Connery’s Ramirez and Clancy Brown’s Kurgan, both brilliant and memorable roles? Which time periods will the film cover? Will we get a modern rock band to do a soundtrack a la Queen?

We’ll probably have to wait until Stahelski has made John Wick Chapter 4 before this one goes into production but at least there seems to be some movement. More as we hear it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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