Tom Cruise Wanted for HIGHLANDER Remake
Summit Entertainment is still looking to get their remake of Highlander off the ground and into production. The movie has been in development for years, and now they are looking to cast Tom Cruise in the role of the mentor, Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, who was previously played by Sean Connery.
The news comes from The Wrap, who says the interest is only one-sided for now, as Cruise is completely focused on Mission: Impossible 5 at the moment. He definitely shouldn't be focussing on other things while he's hanging outside of an airplane while in midair.
Even though this would be a co-starring role, the studio is willing beef it up to accommodate the actor if he wanted a bigger part. Cruise has taken smaller roles in the past, so I think as long as the character is interesting to him, it's something he might take on without having to enlarge the role.
A representative for star told the site that Highlander “is one of many projects that [has] come to him and he discusses,” and then adds that the actor is “far from talks” and that “he is offered tons of projects.”
Cruise obviously isn't going to take every movie offer that comes his way, but this would be a really interesting choice for him if he did take it. He has been doing a lot of sci-fi recently, and it would be cool to see him jump into an action fantasy movie like Highlander, which follows an immortal Scottish swordsman on a quest for revenge against The Kurgan, "a barbarian who has chased him across time as they battle for an all-powerful Prize."
The reboot will be helmed by first time director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who previously served as second unit director and visual effects supervisor on Snow White and the Huntsman. This is a pretty big jump for the guy, and since he has never really directed anything else, we have no idea if he has the talent or not. I hope the guy comes in and blows us away with something amazing, but that has yet to be seen.
In the end, Summit wants Cruise in the movie. The actor isn't really looking into it now, but there's always a chance that he might take it on if he likes what he sees.