According to The Tracking Board, a reliable source has revealed Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth has been offered a role in the planned relaunch of the Lethal Weapon franchise. In a move that’s becoming more and more common, it looks like Warner Bros is going to attempt to reboot-within-a-sequel as opposed to just flat out hitting the Reset Button. In other words, Hemsworth wouldn’t be playing Marty Riggs in a remake, but rather it’s looking like he’ll play the part of his son in a sequel that will serve as a “pass-the-baton” story that launches the series in a new direction.
The original Riggs, of course, was played by fellow Aussie Mel Gibson and the casting of Hemsworth would be almost poetic considering he’s the latest actor from down under to crossover into international action hero status. TB cautions, though, that the Thor actor has only been offered a role. He has yet to accept.
Not much is known about the project, currently titled Lionhunters, but rumor has it that Shane Black (Iron Man 3)- who created the original Lethal Weapon characters- has been brought on to punch up the script by Will Beall (Gangster Squad). Though he’s denied any involvement these last few years, it looks the studio would want Gibson, and/or Danny Glover, to appear in a father/mentor role in the film. That would be where the links to the old franchise would end, though, since Richard Donner’s director’s chair will now be filled by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious).
What do you think? Want to see Hemsworth as Riggs Jr? Think he’ll rock the mullet? Should there be another Lethal Weapon happening at all? We gettin’ to old for this? I say if Hemsworth signs on and Black has a say in the script, bring on that soulful saxophone! Sound off.