Highlander Reboot Wants Tom Cruise for Sean Connery Role
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.
If Tom Cruise does in fact sign on at some point, the Juan Ramirez mentor role will likely be enhanced to fit a star of the actor's caliber, which would also lure in talent to play Connor McLeod. The story follows Connor, an immortal Scottish warrior on a quest to get revenge against The Kurgan as they both battle to become the last immortal on Earth. Ryan Reynolds was once attached to star as Connor, before leaving the project in June 2013.
We reported last October that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is making his feature directorial debut with the reboot, working from a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Moritz and Peter S. Davis are producing, with Justin Lin, who was previously attached to direct, serving as executive producer.