Well, you can’t fault them for aiming high.
Even though it’s unlikely to go anywhere, The Wrap is reporting that the producers of the Highlander remake are trying to court none other than Tom Cruise to play the mentor role in the film. In the original movie, the character was named Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez and was played by a certain iconic Scot named Sean Connery. Connery was quite a “get” for that production, though it was probably made easier thanks to the fact that his career had plateaued by the early to mid-1980s.
Cruise’s career, however, has been on an upswing ever since Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol. That film did fantastic numbers, revived the franchise, and brought Cruise back into the A-list. Perhaps if the Highlander people had reached out to him in the middle of his couch-jumping, public relations downward spiral a few years back they could’ve nabbed him for this, but as The Wrap puts it, the interest here is very one-sided.
This Highlander remake will be the feature directorial debut of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, and will be based off of a script by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Melissa Rosenberg.
If Cruise did somehow decide to do this, it would certainly up the production’s credibility. But hey, if they’re aiming that high, who knows? They might grab someone special at just the right point in their career.
Who do you think might fit the bill?
SOURCE: The Wrap