Shortly after news broke that Henry Cavill was in talks for a lead role in an upcoming Highlander reboot, the actor personally confirmed that he has the part. In the works at Lionsgate, the reboot is aided by John Wick director Chad Stahelski. Neal H. Moritz, Josh Davis and David Leitch will co-produce with Amanda Lewis, Patrick Wachsberger and Gregory Widen executive producers.
That was reported on Friday Henry Cavill was “watched” for the role, but that’s not exactly official confirmation. Not wanting to leave it to a rumor, Cavill took to Instagram to comment on the news and posted an image of the original Deadline report along with his response. Here’s what the actor had to say in the caption.
“Very exciting news today! I have been a fan of it Highlander since i was a boy. From the movies in all of their 80s, Queen glorified to the TV show starring an actor who looked remarkably like one of my brothers. Not being shy with swords and having a director as talented as Chad Stahelski at the helm is a once in a lifetime opportunity. A deep dive into franchise storytelling with all the tools at our disposal will make this an adventure that I (and hopefully all of you) will never forget. “
A second image posted by Cavill reveals a dagger, a bottle and these two books: Die Bloody Kilts: The Highland Soldier in the Great War and So You’re Gonna Wear The Kilt: Everything You Want To Know About Tartan Dress. To this the actor adds:
“And as you can see from the swipe, I’ve been delving into some of my Scottish legacy lately and accidentally triggered my basic research!”
It’s not exactly clear whether Cavill will play Connor MacLeod, the character played by Christopher Lambert in the original movie, or anyone else at all. Since he’s researching how to properly wear a kilt, it would certainly make sense that he’s Connor, or at least a similar character. No other names have been announced as part of the cast so far, but don’t expect Clancy Brown to return as the Kurgan.
“Oh, no. My character is dead. His head has been chopped off,” Brown told ComicBook.com last year, though he added that he was anticipating the new movie. “I look forward to the reboot. I hope it gets done. I can’t wait. I’d love to see it, but I have no ambition to be part of that franchise … It was about its time,” I have no reason to [return], I’ve done my time. I have done my part. It’s time for other people to have fun with it. “
Cavill is perhaps best known for his role as Superman in DCEU movies like Man of Steel and Justice League, but he’s also established himself with a starring role in another popular franchise. He plays Geralt of Rivia in the hit Netflix series The Witcher which recently closed its second season after a tumultuous production. Season 2 is expected to hit Netflix in late 2021. No news yet about the Highlander reboot release date. This news comes from Henry Cavill on Instagram.