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There Can Be Only One New Highlander Director

The Highlander franchise has been lying dormant for far too long—16 years if you ignore the 2007 TV movie, Highlander: The Source—but that’s about to change. While directors Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) have all flirted with the possibility of directing this project, it looks like one half of the duo behind John Wick is officially taking helm. Not to be confused with his former directing mate David Leitch (who recently signed on to direct Deadpool 2), Chad Stahelski has reached a deal with Lionsgate to direct the Highlander reboot.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Stahelski made his enthusiasm for the franchise clear. “I’ve been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school,” he said. “Such great themes of immortality, love, and identity are all wrapped up in such colorful mythology. I can’t think of a better property that gives the opportunity to create interesting characters, mythic themes, and action set pieces.”

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It’s still too early to delve into specifics, but we do know that a new actor is being sought to play Connor Macloud, the role that made Christopher Lambert a B-level star in ’80s Hollywood. It’s hard to say how Stahelski’s involvement changes things, but it seems that Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista is still on board as the villain and the film’s colourful mentor figure—originally played by Sean Connery—could be played by another major star: Tom Cruise.

The new Highlander is unlikely to arrive until some time in 2018, but now’s the time to grow your hair, work on your swordsmanship, and revisit the original trailer below.

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