Tom Cruise wanted for Sean Connery role in ‘Highlander’ reboot

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

Tom Cruise is reportedly wanted for the long-planned reboot of Highlander

According to TheWrap, the production company behind the project, Summit Entertainment, is “courting” Cruise to take on the mentor role made famous by Sean Connery in the 1986 original.

However, a representative for Cruise told TheWrap rather coolly that Highlander “is one of many projects that come to him and he discusses” – before adding that Cruise is “far from talks” to sign up for the role.

The Highlander series began with a 1986 film about an epic battle between immortal warriors starring Christopher Lambert and 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 Cedric Nicolas-Troyan now set to make his directorial debut.

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.