Wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista has reportedly been cast as the villain in the long-awaited reboot of period action film Highlander.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star will appear as barbarian The Kurgan in the upcoming remake, taking over a role previously played by Clancy Brown in the original 1986 movie, reports Latino Review.
The Highlander film reboot has been in development since 2008 and has already undergone a number of cast and crew changes.
Ryan Reynolds had initially been tapped to take on the main character of Conor MacLeod from Christopher Lambert in 2012, but he has since exited the project. Tom Cruise’s name is the latest to have been linked to the job.
28 Days Later filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has also been replaced by visual effects artist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who will now make his directorial debut with Highlander.
The original film starred Frenchman Lambert, Sean Connery and Roxanne Hart. Lambert and Connery returned for the movie’s sequel Highlander: The Quickening in 1991 – with Lambert reprising the role a further two times.