Report: Dave Bautista to play villain in ‘Highlander’ reboot

Reboot of cult classic starring Connery and Christopher Lambert has been in the works since 2008

Guardians Of The Galaxy star Dave Bautista will reportedly play the villain in the long-planned Highlander reboot.

According to Latino Review, a usually reliable source of casting scoops, Bautista has landed the role of The Kurgan, the barbarian antagonist played by Clancy Brown in the original Highlander film.

Former world champion wrestler Bautista is best known for playing Drax The Destroyer in last year’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. He will also appear in forthcoming Bond film Spectre as a mysterious character called Mr Hinx.


The Highlander series began with a 1986 film about an epic battle between immortal warriors starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. Queen provided several songs for the film’s soundtrack, including ‘Gimme The Prize’ and ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’.

Highlander has since spawned four full-length sequels, several live-action and animated TV series and 10 original novels. A big screen reboot has been in the works since 2008 with visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan now set to make his directorial debut.

Last November (2014) it was reported that Tom Cruise was being “courted” to take on the mentor role made famous by Connery in the original Highlander film. In 2012 Ryan Reynolds was attached to star as Conor MacLeod, the part played by Lambert in the 1986 original, but the Canadian actor has since exited the project.