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Tuesday 23 December 2014

Reynolds gives Highlander the boot

Ryan Reynolds will no longer be taking the lead role in the Highlander remake
Ryan Reynolds will no longer be taking the lead role in the Highlander remake

Ryan Reynolds has reportedly left the Highlander reboot, leaving the film without a leading man.

The Proposal star had been set to play immortal Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod in the remake by Summit, but decided to pass on the role, reported The Wrap.

His departure comes months after director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo exited last year citing creative differences.

Producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis are now searching for both a replacement director and a new leading man. Justin Lin was originally attached to direct in September 2009, though he exited the project in August 2011 to focus on Fast And Furious 6.

The original 1986 film, directed by Russell Mulcahy, starred Christopher Lambert as the immortal warrior, who is forced to confront the Kurgan, a brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "prize". The movie, which also starred Sean Connery and Clancy Brown, gave Christopher his big break and inspired a sequel, a book and TV spin-offs.

Ryan - who was last seen in action thriller Safe House alongside Denzel Washington - will next be heard voicing the lead character in DreamWorks Animation's Turbo, followed by a live-action role opposite Jeff Bridges in RIPD.

He has wrapped filming two thrillers - The Voices with Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton, and Atom Egoyan's Queen Of The Night.

The 36-year-old, who is married to his Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively, will next start filming on Tarsem Singh's thriller Selfless.

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