Ryan Reynolds Feels the Quickening

Ryan Reynolds as the only good thing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – now donning clan MacLeod tartan, too?

As reported by The Mary Sue, noted tall Canadian and should-be-bigger movie star Ryan Reynolds is the latest name linked to the long-gestating “Highlander” remake – and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.  If ever a film series deserved another shot at glory, it would be this prime slice of 80’s awesome.  And Ryan Reynolds is a brilliant choice.

For those of you who didn’t spend far too much time watching this movie on VHS in their teens and hankering after Christopher Lambert‘s lovely raincoat/Nikes sartorial combo, “Highlander” is the high-octane tale of ancient warriors kicking the crap out of each other in a battle for ‘The Prize’ – immortality (or getting electrocuted a lot whilst attached to a very visible wire rig).

“There can be only one” – apart from the seven or eight who show up in each sequel. Or the TV series. Or in the Manga.

I won’t even begin to claim that this film (or the increasingly dreadful series of sequels which followed) made a lick of sense, but this is a genre piece very dear to me despite its flaws and the news that it might be getting a fresh lick of celluloid and a good director behind it makes me very happy indeed.

Common sense dictates that we won’t be getting a band like Queen – their names be eternally praised – writing songs to underpin the chaos on-screen but it would be lovely if (should this film manage to be made) some acknowledgement of Freddie, Brian, John and Roger’s peerless tunes be made.

Also – this cat has to be in the mix somewhere.

That’s Clancy Brown as the Kurgan in 1986’s “Highlander”, not the new singer of a Scando MeloDeath band. Obvs.

No Clancy Brown, no sale, thank you very much.

 

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2 responses to “Ryan Reynolds Feels the Quickening

  1. The first movie was great, but the sequels positively destroyed the franchise. They were horrible. So maybe this needs a reboot.

    Now can Reynolds do a good Scots accent?

  2. Ooooo. I love me some Highlander. I may be one of the only people who liked the spinoffs. I used to watch the TV series religiously.
    I’m really happy Ryan Reynolds got cast for this. He really should be a mega star by now. Comedy, drama, horror, he nails every role he is in. That flick Buried, damn what a great job he does. It takes a special kind of actor to pull that role off.

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