Ryan Reynolds Off Highlander

He won't be Connor MacLeod

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He’s been attached to the long-developing film for more than a year now, but it appears Ryan Reynolds is no longer willing to wait by the phone for Summit to call with news that the Highlander remake might actually go ahead. That means the MacLeod clan will need a new leading man.

It’s just the latest twist for the return of Connor MacLeod, as the project has seen at least two directors – Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo – come and go and more than its fair share of script drafts through the years.

Still, now there’s a chance for the studio to start completely afresh with a new director / star combo on Highlander. So whether you’re thrilled by the idea of more MacLeod swordplay or horrified at the idea that yet another film is getting the reboot treatment, you can probably find solace in your half full / half empty glass here.

Should you need a Reynolds fix, he’ll be back on our screens in ghost police action comedy R.I.P.D. (due August 30) and heard voicing the lead gastropod in DreamWorks’ snail ‘toon Turbo, which races on to our screens on October 18.