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Summit Entertainment Wants Tom Cruise to Star in ‘Highlander’ Remake

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bill-swift - November 21, 2014

Supposed some Hollywood studio was going to do a remake of the 1986 classic, Highlander. Hypothetically. Who should they try to get to play Juan Ramirez?

You remember the movie and the role, right? A Scottish dude named Connor McCloud, played by Christopher Lambert, is immortal, and he wants to get revenge on this other immortal dude who did bad things. So he gets yet another immortal dude named Juan, played by Sean Connery, to train him how to be a badass, and Juan teaches him how being an immortal basically means you're in a lifelong fight to the death with every other immortal, because "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!"

Well, my first choice for Ramierz would be an actual badass Spanish dude like Javier Bardem. But if they really wanted to stick with a native English speaker, Liam Nieson would be fantastic, too.

However, Summit Entertainment actually is making a Highlander remake, and according to The Wrap, they want Tom Cruise to play Juan Ramirez.

Why? Because Tom Cruise is a "talent magnet," which means if he signed on, they'd stand a better chance of landing somebody totally dreamy for the role of Conner McCloud. And that's important, since whoever it is will also have to star in Highlanders 2-9, or however many sequels they end up doing.

So is Tom Cruise considering it? No. Cruise has not rejected the offer, and that's the first step in getting him to sign up. But he isn't in talks. It's just one of the dozens of projects sitting in his agent's "maybe" pile.

Why then did I write a post about it? Because the thought of Tom Cruise playing a role made famous by Sean Connery is pretty funny, don't you think? I mean, Connery is 6'2".

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