Why does Ryan Reynolds still keep getting handed major film roles? He proved he couldn't draw major audiences in last year with both Green Lantern and The Change-Up. He basically ruined Blade: Trinity back in 2004. He only really shined as Deadpool in X-men: Origins, and in that he was supposed to be annoying. He's smarmy, he's unlikable, and he isn't funny. And according to TrackingBoard, he's also going to be the one starring in a remake of Highlander.
It hasn't been specifically announced that he'll be playing Connor McCloud, the immortal protagonist of the original. I suspect that this is only because sending out that news would make online stupidity levels hit critical mass and blow up the internet.
I'm sure Reynolds has his fans, and most of my dislike of him isn't something logically grounded, but this goes beyond my preference. Highlander is the story about a group of immortals, men doomed to constantly wander the earth, dueling each other in the hope of being the last one standing and winning the mysterious "prize". It's a roll that requires skill, versatility and depth. Ryan Reynolds has none of those things. He plays the same damn character in every movie he's in, and that character is not a 500-year-old immortal.
It may be that the remake will just focus on a different character then Quentin McCloud. Frankly, though, I dont want a Highlander movie to focus on the kind of character that Reynolds will play. I'm not arguing that Christopher Lambert gave an Oscar worthy performance in the original, but at least his basic demeanor made sense for the story.
But, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who disagree with me. Do any of you readers think this is a good idea?