While we've long heard that Producer McG and his Wonderland Productions are working with Mattel to reboot Masters of the Universe, they haven't really seemed in too much of a hurry to make that happen. Aside from a few little teases over the course of 2015, the movie remained fairly radio silent. That changes today with the news that Kellan Lutz has taken a meeting, presumable to play the lead character of He-Man. Nothing has been confirmed, but we do get some nice fan art out of it. Here's what he had to say in a Tweet.
"Hey @HeManTheMovie and all MOTU fans, Had an amazing meeting with @McGsWonderland and @ItsMaryViola talking MOTU! It's in great hands."
Masters of the Universe hasn't been seen on the big screen since 1987, and Kellan Lutz certainly sounds like a worthy replacement for Dolph Lundgren. The pair even shared the screen in the 2014 sequel The Expendables 3. Lutz is perhaps best known for his role as Emmett Cullen in the The Twilight Saga, and he played the title role in 2014's swords and sandals epic The Legend of Hercules, which sounds like it will have prepared him quite well for what He-Man will require.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe started as a Mattel action figure and toy line with an animated TV series tie-in that aired from 1983 to 1984. It all took place on the planet of Eternia, and followed Prince Adam who had the power to summon super strength and become the might warrior known as He-man. He would often battle Skeletor and his minions. The show spawned the spinoff She-Ra: Princess of Power, which ran in the subsequent years of 1985-1986.
McG has been working to get Masters of the Universe off the ground since early 2016 alongside producer Mary Viola. And it appears that they are finally meeting actors to take on the coveted lead role which could lead to a big tentpole blockbuster franchise. McG is overseeing the script from the writing team of Alex Litvak and Mike Finch, with the latest draft by Chris Yost. And it sounds likely that he will direct, but that hasn't been confirmed just yet.
It isn't known who else might be up for the role of He-Man, and usually actors aren't allowed to talk about possible roles on Twitter. Perhaps the team behind Masters of the Universe is doing things a little differently. It's possible that they are floating the idea out to the masses to see what kind of response it garners. The movie has been in-development for awhile. At one point, Gem and the Holograms and G.I. Joe director Jon M. Chu had tried to bring this property to life on the big screen, but eventually gave up. We'll be sure to alert you as soon as more on the story breaks.