Highlander's Connor MacLeod Returns - But How?

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It's been seventeen years since Highlander Connor MacLeod last swung his sword, but now he's back presumably to test his mettle against newer and younger Immortals in the reimagining of the convoluted fantasy movie franchise.

Chad Stahelski, the director of this new version who is currently riding high on his John Wick shootout flicks, recently and clearly announced that Connor himself will be doing a 'comeback.' Connor is the hero in the very first Highlander movie that debuted in 1986. While this first film was a commercial hit that spawned a cult following and a TV series, the other cinematic sequels which featured other Immortals were duds.


By the time the last of them, Highlander: Endgame, hit the cinemas in 2000, the magic had gone stale. This movie was set up to pass the torch to Duncan MacLeod, Connor's cousin and who actor Adrian Paul made famous in the 1990s TV series. But it was a critical and commercial bomb as well, and was remembered more for Connor's beheading - by Duncan, no less!

All these beg the question as to how Stahelski will execute Connor's cinematic return. Lambert will be past his 60th birthday by the time the reboot is released, He'd have to go through the same kind of CGI face-lifting that Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. did in Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War respectively to look in his prime.

However, it must also be noted that Stahelski spoke of bringing back MacLeod the character, not Lambert the actor who, as of this reportage, has not listed the reimagining in his IMDB credentials. Another option would be to cast a younger, and possibly little-known, actor who make the role his own. In either case, a Connor MacLeod reapperance would negate or rewrite the past films, the way Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past undid the damage of X-Men: The Last Stand.

Stahelski does sound excited about his plans of bringing back the very first Highlander to the cinema. As he says in his interview with Screenrant:

"Yes, Connor MacLeod will make a comeback. Right now we're in creative development, which means, when I was brought onboard there was an idea, I brought a different idea, so we're trying to flesh that out and find the right creative team to put pen to paper and make this come true."

Highlander fans have very little reason to worry, though. The director is a huge fan of the material and will treat its mythology with utmost respect.

The video of the trailer of the 1986 movie can give you an idea of why Stahelski is so passionate about it. Watch it below.