According to Latino-Review, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista is set to play the role of the Kurgan in Summit’s upcoming Highlander reboot. Visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will helm the flick, and this will be his first directing gig.
The original Highlander (1986) starred French actor Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod, an immortal Scottish warrior who had to duel other immortals (and then behead them) over the centuries in order to survive and ultimately win the coveted Prize you ultimately receive when you become the very last immortal standing. Remember that immortal phrase (pun intended): “There can be only one”?
The movie also starred genre fan fave Clancy Brown in the role of the Kurgan, the murderous immortal who MacLeod faces at the end (and whose presence is felt throughout the movie). Highlander was basically Clancy Brown’s breakout role, and man, was he memorable in it. Director Cedric Nicolas Troyan has been quoted as saying:
“We have to find that younger emerging guy, and surround him with a strong Kurgan, and an actor who shines as Ramirez the way Connery did in that film film.”
So, will Bautista rock it as the new Kurgan? He was surprisingly great as Drax on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and his film career seems to be doing well, as he’ll also be starring alongside Daniel Craig in the next James Bond flick, Spectre. No word on who will play Connor MacLeod or Ramirez yet; Ryan Reynolds was once attached to the project but ultimately dropped out.
So, what do you guys think? Do you like the idea of Dave Bautista playing the murderous Kurgan in the upcoming Highlander reboot?