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Ryan Reynolds Is the Headliner for 'Highlander'

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Some things are worth the wait ... like finding out that heartthrob Ryan Reynolds has officially been cast in the lead role for "Highlander."

The sci-fi fantasy, which will be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (of "28 Weeks Later" and "Intruders" fame), is shaping up to be one action-packed adventure, the Tracking Board reports.

For his part, the blue-eyed Reynolds will play Conner MacLeod, a Scottish swordsman who discovers he is one of a dwindling group of warriors who wander the earth and kill each other in combat for the fabled final "prize:" immortality. Heavy stuff, eh?

Not much else is known about the remake, besides the fact that several scribes — including Matt Holloway, Art Marcum and Melissa Rosenberg (yes, that chick who wrote "Twilight") — have already taken a pass at the script, though it sounds like Fresnadillo may still take a stab at writing it himself.

The original "Highlander" starred Christopher Lambert as MacLeod, with Sean Connery and Clancy Brown in supporting roles, and spawned a whopping four movie sequels, a live-action and animated TV series as well as ventures into other forms of media. In other words, it was pretty darn successful. So, no pressure. (Wink wink, nudge nudge.) Though we have to admit, something tells us if anyone can reboot a classic, it's this guy.

Happy hunting, Ryan!

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