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August 26, 2008

Kevin McKidd for Highlander?

— Posted by Rodney

Highlander falls on my list of Top Ten Favourite Movies of all time. It is legendary. That being said its sequels are likely to get a high mention on John’s list of WORST sequels of all time. No lie. I agree. Highlander 2 doesn’t exist to me.

Then news hits that they are moving ahead with a remake of this film. While it complies with the TMB’s 4 Rules Before Making A Remake I still didn’t want this classic to be messed with.

Then I hear Kevin McKidd has been approached to play the immortal Connor MacCleod.

MovieWeb reports:

McKidd, most recently seen in the short-lived NBC series Journeyman, is at least actually Scottish, unlike Christopher Lambert who originated the role. Not much else is known about the plans for this reinvention of the Highlander franchise, other than that there will be scenes which take place in medieval Scottland.

Goddammit this makes me so conflicted!

Highlander is something that is close to my heart as a masterpiece of fantasy, so beautifully told with a soundtrack completely scribed by Queen. My own son’s name is Connor. No lie. I don’t want this to be remade. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!!

I ignore all sequels and consider the TV series albiet mildly amusing to be non canon ripoff that I tolerate as a separate entity.

But Kevin McKidd is an inspired choice to play MacCleod. As he proved in the HBO series Rome (go watch it..please) he can fit that period look well. He is a fit guy without being a bodybuilder. He is mass. He can carry a sword and convincingly kill you with it. And the guy can act. He is so intense and genuine. You have to like him.

But what about the rest? Will there be a Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez?? How can you do that without acting like Sean Connery? And the Kurgan? Who will play that? (Don’t anyone DARE mention a WWE Wrestler – thems not actors!)

And then the bigger question is what they are doing with the script? Will there BE a Ramirez or a Kurgan?

Ok… I’m dizzy now. I need a nap.

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  • Scott

    My own idea would be to cast-:

    Connor McCloud = James McAvoy
    Ramirez = Antonio Banderas
    Kurgen = Ray Stevenson.

    Should be shot in the Highlands of Scotland again, while still following the original plot. However perhaps an origins take on the movie would be more interesting and develop an epic feel to the movie as well.

  • Anti-Ceptic

    Excellent, cant wait to see a Highlander remake. I have faith in Kevin McKidd but I am skeptical of the soundtrack! How can you compete with the Queen soundtrack on the first Highlander movie?

  • George Bourke

    Its gonna happen so I hope they get some decent talent on board. Rome was an awesome show and McKidd was great, also he isn’t well known which is a positive imo. I think he is a great choice for Connor MacLeod.

    Keep it simple, great sword fighting, great actors, awesome soundtrack, such a fucking classic film.

  • Mikey M

    Kevin McKidd deserves a big Movie career. He is a great talent and wonderful to look at too.

  • Gene Ariani

    The best highlander movie:
    Highlander: search for vengeance

  • http://community.livejournal.com/movie_trivia/ calviin

    I really enjoyed Journeyman as well. Kevin showed great talent in that show, so he might be a great add for this project. But the writing might be what really makes or breaks this.

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