Highlander and Henry Cavill: There Can Only Be One

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Something that excited me enough to write about! So, the Buzz is that Henry Cavill will be becoming the titular Highlander, an immortal swordsman who fights other immortals until there is only one left. The franchise is ripe for rebooting and Henry would be a perfect actor for the role.

When queried on the Happy Sad Confused podcast about the project, Stalheski told host Josh Horowitz: “I think we have some very good elements now. The trick is when you have the tagline: ‘There can only be one’, you just can’t kill everybody the first time.

“I’ll say it for you first, our story engages a lot of the same characters and stuff like that, but we’ve also brought in elements of all the TV shows, and we’re trying to do a bit of a prequel, a set-up to ‘The Gathering’ [a 1992 episode of the series], so we have room to grow the property.”

Stalheski compared it to John Wick, which he says he’d never intended to turn into a franchise and would only continue with a strong enough idea.

“Highlander, I can tell you right now… if we got our shit together and we pull off the feature, we have ideas for days about how to make the coolest characters and to make that an epic TV show.

“I just think that’s a rich, rich, rich, rich mythology. When you can pick any period in time, any nationality, any culture, any type of person and make them an immortal, then have to duel and deal with the burden of immortality, that’s fucking cool to me.”

The reports claimed in 2021 that Henry was in talks to star, but updates have been few and far between since then. Perhaps any positive buzz may influence any decisions to make this happen. Here’s hoping.

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