Henry Cavill has already played Superman and Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher, two supernatural heroes, how about another? The actor has now landed the lead role in Lionsgate’s Highlander reboot, which will be directed by Chad Stahelksi, director of all three John Wick films.
The original 1986 movie saw Christopher Lambert play a 16th-century Scotsman who, after surviving from a seemingly fatal wound, discovers he’s immortal and utterly invincible unless beheaded. There are others like him, locked in an ages-old conflict, which will whittle each other down until there can be only one.
Although the first film wasn’t financially successful, it became a cult hit and eventually inspired sequels, television spin-offs and songs by Queen. “There can be only one” also entered pop culture lexicon; you’ll likely hear people quoting that who haven’t even seen the movie.
It’s unclear whether this version will adhere closely to the plot of the original, or if it’s a looser reimagining. Stahelski will likely be given a long leash to create John Wick-esque action, so it’s perhaps more likely to be the latter. Him + Cavill, who proved his action chops in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, should be a good combo. It’s probably asking too much for Cavill to bring back the mustache though.
Although there can only be one pure Immortal in Highlander, there’s more than one project on Cavill’s schedule. He’s currently filming the second season of The Witcher, and recently signed on to reprise his role in the Enola Holmes sequel.