Henry Cavill has found his next franchise - and it isn't Superman or James Bond
In 2022, Henry Cavill was unceremoniously dumped as Superman by DC Studios.
It was a kick in the teeth for the British actor, who made a return as the Man of Steel in a cameo appearance in Black Adam. After that, he subsequently announced he would be appearing in future projects as the character, but not long after, DC underwent major changes at executive level and he was informed he would be replaced.
David Corenswet will play Superman in Superman: Legacy.
Cavill has also long been linked with the role of James Bond, but an announcement on casting for 007 is a while away. In the meantime, he will lead a reboot of Highlander.
The 1986 original starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown and told the story of an invincible Scottish warrior, Connor Macleod, who is thrust into present-day New York City in order to win a death tournament known as 'The Gathering'.
It spawned several sequels and spin-offs, and in 2021 it was announced that the series would be rebooted with Cavill in the title role and Chad Stahelski directing.
Stahelski, one of the masterminds behind the John Wick franchise, has detailed what we can expect from the new Highlander.
“I think we have some very good elements now,” he said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
“The trick is when you have the tagline, ‘There can only be one,’ you can’t just kill everybody in the first movie.
“Our story engages a lot of the same characters and stuff like that, but we’ve also brought in elements of all the TV shows. We’re trying to do a bit of a prequel — a setup to The Gathering — so we have room to grow the property.
“We have ideas for days about how to make the coolest characters and to make that an epic TV show. I just think that’s rich, rich, rich mythology when you can pick any period of time, any nationality, any culture, any type of person and make them an immortal that have to duel and deal with the burden of immortality — that’s f*cking cool.”
Born in the Highlands of Scotland in 1518, Connor Macleod is immortal. When he is wounded in battle and does not die, he is banished from his village. He meets another immortal, Ramirez, who teaches him swordsmanship and the ways of the immortal. Set in 1986 New York City is the location of the Gathering, where Macleod and a few remaining immortals must compete for The Prize, which will give you power on Earth forever.
Man of Steel
Action / Scifi
2013 • 143 minutes
Action / Fantasy
1986 • 116 minutes