A little casting tidbit was quietly slipped over at TheGeekFiles, who have (apparently) been informed that actor and stuntman Raw Leiba (Dead Man Down, The Heat) is being courted for a part in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo‘s Highlander and Marvel’s Black Panther. (Oh, and it would seem both projects still have life in them.)
Ryan Reynolds was already tapped to headline the former project — i.e., one role is already out of the question — while the latter is only a question of timing and franchise priorities. He previously confirmed talks to play its antagonist — some say it’s a black militant named Erik Killmonger — back in July, though, and also told them that it just needs a rewrite before “going forward.” So that much is fairly believable.
Highlander‘s a different issue. Rumors, such as they are, only indicate he’d play Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, the Spaniard mentor whom Sean Connery was, inexplicably, cast to play in that movie some still pretend is good. Hey, at least they might have found someone who looks the role.
In other words: Don’t take any of this as a hard, solid possibility until some additional rumors begin to fly in. Considering neither have been replete with updates since their first announcements, these simple reminders of their actual existence might be enough.
What do you make of these rumors? Could there be any truth, and do you want there to be?
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