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Between all the new trailers, casting news, TV renewals and cancellations, a few noteworthy entertainment news stories have flown under the radar. Now's your chance to catch up. In this installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: The 2017 spin-off "Lego Batman" will "acknowledge" previous screen versions of the Dark Knight. Also: Will Tom Cruise be the new Sean Connery in the "Highlander" reboot? Plus: Penelope Cruz is joining Ben Stiller in "Zoolander 2," BBC America orders up more Idris Elba and "Luther," The CW renews "America's Next Top Model," "Game of Thrones" vet Sean Bean signs on for a new TV show, and more. See what you might have missed here: »
- HitFix Staff
Summit Entertainment is still looking to get their remake of Highlander off the ground and into production. The movie has been in development for years, and now they are looking to cast Tom Cruise in the role of the mentor, Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, who was previously played by Sean Connery.
The news comes from The Wrap, who says the interest is only one-sided for now, as Cruise is completely focused on Mission: Impossible 5 at the moment. He definitely shouldn't be focussing on other things while he's hanging outside of an airplane while in midair.
Even though this would be a co-starring role, the studio is willing beef it up to accommodate the actor if he wanted a bigger part. Cruise has taken smaller roles in the past, so I think as long as the character is interesting to him, it's something he might take on without having to enlarge the role. »
- Joey Paur
Looks like the wheels are churning once again over at Summit Entertainment on their long-gestating Highlander reboot/remake, in that reports have come in now that the filmmakers are hoping to court Tom Cruise to play the mentor role of Ramirez, previously brought to life by Sean Connery. Come inside for the details!
The Highlander reboot over on Summit Entertainment has been in the works for a Long time. Sadly, after changing directors a few times, it still hasn't seen much movement in a while. So imagine my surprise when last night, The Wrap dropped a scoop last night pertaining to Highlander:
At this point, the interest appears to be one-sided, as Cruise has been busy shooting “Mission: Impossible 5” and isn't focused on future projects at the moment. Should Cruise decide to engage with the project, it's possible that the mentor role could be beefed up to accommodate a star of his magnitude. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
With the Highlander reboot back on track with a new director, it was only a matter of time before new casting rumors began to emerge. Now that process has begun, and the production seems to be aiming very high with their first targeted actor: the legendary Tom Cruise. While there aren't any actual negotiations going on just yet, The Wrap is reporting that Highlander has taken an interest in Tom Cruise to play the mentor role played by Sean Connery in the original. Insiders have pegged the actor as Summit's top choice for the part, and even have noted that the character's role would even possibly be expanded just to fully take advantage of Cruise's star power. The idea would be that Cruise would be teamed up with a younger actor playing Connor MacLeod, the immortal Highlander looking for revenge against a barbarian known as The Kurgan. Before you get »
Plans for a Highlander reboot have been doing the rounds for years now, with Ryan Renyolds once in line to take on the lead role of immortal Scottish warrior Connor McCloud, and both Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) and Juan Carlo Fresnadilo (28 Weeks Later) both attached, and ultimately passing, on the project. A new director for the cult classic urban fantasy has been found in the form of visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, making his directorial debut. Now the studio behind the project, Summit Entertainment, have set their sights on an epic piece of cast, with The Wrap reporting that Tom Cruise is being courted to play McCloud's mentor Ramirez, originally played by Sean Connery. It's an ambitious aspiration, considering how big a star Cruise is, and if they do manage to bag him for the role, it will definitely raise the profile of the beleaguered project. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Summit Entertainment is courting Tom Cruise to star in their upcoming Highlander reboot as Juan Ramirez, the character played by Sean Connery in the original Highlander. Ramirez served as a mentor to Connor McLeod (Christopher Lambert) in the 1986 film that spawned the long-running Highlander franchise.
The Wrap reports that it isn't exactly known if Tom Cruise is even interested in the role, since he is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 5 and he isn't focusing on future projects at the moment. A rep for the actor acknowledged that he has been approached for the remake, although they are "far from talks" on the project. A rep for Summit made it clear that negotiations are not under way yet, but didn't deny that Tom Cruise was their top choice.
Well, you can't fault them for aiming high.
Even though it's unlikely to go anywhere, The Wrap is reporting that the producers of the Highlander remake are trying to court none other than Tom Cruise to play the mentor role in the film. In the original movie, the character was named Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez and was played by a certain iconic Scot named Sean Connery. Connery was quite a "get" for that production, though it was probably made easier thanks to the fact that his career had plateaued by the early to mid-1980s.
Cruise's career, however, has been on an upswing ever since Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol. That film did fantastic numbers, revived the franchise, and brought Cruise back into the A-list. Perhaps if the Highlander people had reached out to him in the middle of his couch-jumping, public relations downward spiral a few years back they could've nabbed him for this, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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, »
- Garth Franklin
While a Highlander remake has been in development for some time, there hasn't been much word on the street since Ryan Reynolds left the project early last year. Well, it's about that time and the latest casting buzz is that Tom Cruise is being approached for the role Sean Connery made so popular in the original. I'm sure there are literally dozens of options for Cruise once he wraps up Mission Impossible 5, but if he sees what he likes and is itching to work with first »
- Sean Wist
The actor is wanted for a role similar to Sean Connery's in the original 1986 film, reports The Wrap.
A representative for Cruise said that the film is one of "tons" of offers and that he is "far from talks".
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will direct the film, intended to relaunch the franchise about a race of warring immortals.
Cruise has most recently been shooting Mission: Impossible 5.
Watch a trailer for Highlander below: »
The site notes that, while Cruise is very much on the studio’s radar for the part, “the interest appears to be one-sided.” Cruise, who starred in this year’s sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow, is often offered big projects,is “far from talks” for this Highlander film, and isn’t focused on future films right now, as he’s busy working on Mission: Impossible 5.
TheWrap notes that the role could very well be beefed up to accommodate a bigger star like Cruise, who doesn’t take smaller, supporting roles very often.
- James Garcia
The Wrap reports that Cruise is being earmarked for the mentor role in the new Highlander, the part that Sean Connery took on in the original film. One of Cruise's representatives admitted that Highlander is "one of many projects that come to him and he discusses", noting that the actor is "far from talks". Furthermore, Cruise has been "offered tons of projects".
Which doesn't sound quite so promising. Given that Tom Cruise is still taking on pretty much exclusively leading man roles - he's currently filming Mission: Impossible 5 with director Christopher McQuarrie - it seems unlikely that the part in Highlander is something that would appeal. »
The Highlander remake has been in development for a while now. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was originally attached to direct with Ryan Reynolds set to lead. That kind of petered out and currently, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is on board and hopes to make his feature debut with the film. That’s not all, though, as TheWrap is reporting tonight that Tom Cruise is being eyed for the mentor role, which Sean Connery played in the original.
Now, it’s important to note that nothing official has happened just yet, Cruise is simply the studio’s first choice. And, considering that the actor is in pretty high demand, it’s not likely that this will pan out. It’s not only the first time director that would probably push the mega movie star away, but also the fact that this is a supporting role, which we don’t often see Cruise take on. »
- Matt Joseph
Summit has been developing a Highlander reboot for years now but there were a few bumps in the road. Last year, the studio hired visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to make Highlander his feature directorial debut. Now Summit has set their sights on their dream casting centerpiece: Tom Cruise. The Wrap reports the studio is courting Cruise to play the mentor role that Sean Connery took on in the 1986 film. Cruise is busy shooting crazy stunts for Mission: Impossible 5, so it's unclear if the in-demand actor is interested. A Cruise representative is direct that the actor is "far from talks" for Highlander: "He is offered tons of projects." At the very least, this suggests Summit has higher aspirations for the property than I would have guessed. If they do land Cruise, I picture the rest of the casting falling into place sooner than later so Summit can rachet up the development process. »
- Brendan Bettinger
The proposed "Highlander" remake has been cooking through the development process for a few years now. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later," "Intruders") was attached at one point, and then Ryan Reynolds was bandied about to lead, but both names drifted away. Then, last fall, visual effects supervisor and second unit director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan signed on to helm in what would be his feature debut, and now it appears Summit Entertainment want a big name to anchor the redo. The Wrap reports that the studio is seeking Tom Cruise to take on the Sean Connery mentor role in their redo. All the sources stress that this is, at most, a wish on behalf of the studio, with the actor's own reps noting he's busy with "Mission: Impossible 5" at moment, and that Cruise tends to have a lot of things on his desk to look at. And frankly, this probably isn't the most enticing prospect. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There can be only one! Or, y'know, someone else if they turn you down. The Wrap are reporting that the Highlander reboot is very much back on at Summit Entertainment under first-time director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, and the man they want to fill the shoes of the Sean Connery character from the original film is none other than action movie megastar, Tom Cruise. Apparently things are one-sided for the moment though, with a rep for Cruise telling the site that this project is "one of many that come to him", adding that the actor is "far from talks." So no actual negotiations to speak of, but when Cruise wraps on Mission Impossible 5 it'll be one of many possibilities for him. A supporting role like this wouldn't usually be what Cruise would go for though he has dabbled in the past, in movies such as Magnolia and Interview With The Vampire...though »
Summit’s attempt to mount a new version of 1986’s action fantasy Highlander has been through the development wringer, with multiple script drafts and several directors attached before dropping off. The studio is hoping to give the film a kick up the casting chain, eyeing Tom Cruise to take over the mentor role originally played by Sean Connery.Don’t expect to see Cruise practising a Scots brogue any time soon, though: according to The Wrap’s sources, this is still merely wishful thinking on Summit’s part, and Cruise is the sort of big name that everyone approaches first anyway.Still, it could be an interesting development if he decides he’s up for it, guiding whoever takes over as main man Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert in the original films) through his battle to become the lone immortal stalking the Earth. Or whatever variant on the story current director »
Josh Brolin plays a fixer for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s with the action in the film kicking off in the wake of a star mysteriously disappearing during the middle of a shoot.
Lambert will play Arne Slessum, a married European filmmaker whose scandalous affair with a young starlet (Johansson) becomes another headache for the studio.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Hold onto your butts, ’cause this is an unexpected piece of casting information. Christopher Lambert, star of the most important ’80s genre pic ever, Highlander, has joined the cast of The Coen Brothers’ next comedy, Hail, Caesar!
The sibling duo’s upcoming chucklefest is based in the backlots and studios of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and follows the story of a ‘fixer’ named Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin). The title has nothing whatsoever to do with veterinary medicine. In 1950s Hollywood, this was the term applied to the dogsbodies who were given the boring lackey jobs on sets. When a famous starlet goes missing, it’s up to Mannix to track her down. It’s a brilliant premise that ought to be the perfect vessel for the Coens’ typically zany commentary on society.
As production began on the shoot earlier this month, the casting roster has plumped up further with today’s left field announcement. »
- Gem Seddon
Christopher Lambert, the actor best known for starring in 1980s cult classics Highlander and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, has joined the all-star cast of Hail, Caesar!, the Hollywood-set period comedy helmed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Caesar tells the comedic tale of a fixer, played by Josh Brolin, who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming. Among the cast are George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich and Jonah Hill.
- Borys Kit
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