Former WWE Wrestler and actor Dave Bautista, known for his role in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” is up for a role in a reboot of the upcoming “Highlander” film. Read on for more details on this story.
According to Latino review, Bautista is set to appear in the reboot of 1986 British-American cult classic film. He will be playing the Kurgan, the main baddie of the 1986 film. The role was originally played by Clancy Brown, who plays General Wade Eiling in CW’s “The Flash.”
Batista has starred in films such as “The Man with the Iron Fists” in 2012 as the villainous Brass Body, “Riddick” in 2013, and the 2014 blockbuster, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, where he played Drax the Destroyer. Bautista is set to appear in the 24th James Bond film “Spectre,” which due for release in 2015. Aside from it, he is about to appear in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel, as well as in the reboot of 1989 martial arts film “Kickboxer.” He is set to play the villain Tong Po, opposite Georges St-Pierre.
Cedric Nicolas Troyan, who is set to direct the follow-up to “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Huntsman.” It will starring “Thor” lead star Chris Hemsworth, who had previously confirmed the appearance of the Kurgan in the reboot. Troyan mentioned that they wanted to give “a strong Kurgan, and an actor who shines as Ramirez the way Connery did in that film film,” to whoever is cast the lead role. Troyan will be directing the reboot after his tenure on “The Huntsman.”
The 1986 Highlander directed by Russell Mulcahy from a story by Gregory Widen starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, and Roxanne Hart which launched Lambert to stardom and inspired a franchise that included film sequels and television spin-offs. The film’s tagline, “There can be only one”, has carried on throughout the franchise, as have the songs provided for the film by Queen.
The film depicts the climax of an ages-old battle between immortal warriors. It depicted through interwoven past and present day storylines. The movie, upon its initial U.S. release, was not well-received though gained wide and persistent popularity in Europe and on other markets, as well as on home video. It has since obtained status as a cult classic film in both domestic and non-domestic markets, leading to four sequels, a television series, and various other spin-offs.
The film grossed $2,453,021 on its opening weekend and ended with $5,735,847 domestically. Internationally, the film grossed $12,885,193. Filming for the reboot is set to begin in 2014 using the original script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
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