According to various sources, the producers of the long-in-limbo "Highlander" reboot have their eye on Tom Cruise joining the cast
While that is somewhat surprising, since Cruise generally avoids sc-fi movies, what is really surprising is that he is reportedly being considered not for the main character, of Connor Macleod , but of MacLeod's mentor, Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez - who was, of course, originally played by Dean Connery (who reprised the role in the first of four " [Highlander](movie:423879)" sequels)>
Because even to this day, it is hard to peg down a movie - besides "Magnolia" and ones where he made a cameo - where Cruise was not the lead. He has almost always been "The Man" in films he chooses, not "mentor to The man".
Given Cruise's youthful appearance and desire to maintain that image, it is difficult to envision him mentoring a much younger actor onscreen.
Also, it is important to note that no official talks between Summit Entertainment - which first announced that they were rebooting the property seven years ago - and Cruise has taken place.
But he is still Summit's first choice to get the project off the ground.
As Screen Rant reports:
Tom Cruise, who was starring in Top Gun around the time of the original Highlander‘s release, is apparently the top choice to co-star as Ramirez. This claim comes from “multiple individuals familiar with the project,” and while Summit’s reps have officially denied any negotiations with Cruise, they haven’t denied that he’s the studio’s choice for the role.
It’s important to emphasize that Cruise is not actually in talks to play Ramirez yet. Cruise’s representative told TheWrap that Highlander is “one of many projects that come to him and he discusses,” and that Cruise is “offered tons of projects.” In teen movie clichés, Cruise is the popular cheerleader and Summit is the lovestruck nerd adding another Valentine’s card to a growing pile.
Toss in the fact that he is already confirmed for sequels playing characters he is already identified with and comfortable with - "Mission: Impossible 5", "Top Gun 2" and "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" - and the prospect of him playing a mentor in "Highlander" becomes less likely.
But not impossible.
What do the rest of you think?