Is Michael Fassbender the villain?

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A new rumor from industry insider Daniel Richtman suggests that Michael Fassbender is in talks to play the villain in Lionsgate’s Highlander.

Gail, Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill

The tea leaves are aligned, and industry insider Daniel Richtman sees another casting for Lionsgate’s Highland resume appears from the pattern. According to Richtman, Michael Fassbender (The Killer, My shame, Prometheus) plays the villain in a remake of the classic action film directed by Chad Stahelski. According to Richtman, Fassbender is in talks to star alongside Henry Cavill (The Witcher, Argyll, Justice League) as a “Mongol warrior.”

Remember that you are joking about how Michael Fassbender was involved Highland there are rumors. We’ll have to wait for Lionsgate to make it official.

The rumor is already new Highland fans sing about Fassbender playing a version of the original Highland villain, the Kurgan. Portrayed by Clancy Brown in the 1986 fantasy action-adventure film, the Kurgan is an immortal hero and a threat to Connor MacLeod, the Highlander (Christopher Lambert).

Lionsgate is looking to Stahelski to lead the agency’s short- and long-term creative direction, licensing strategy, and strategic growth. Highland and John Wick features to ensure quality, tone, and vision remain consistent. Stahelski works side by side with franchise agents – Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee on the Wick franchise and Neal H. Moritz and the estate of the late Peter S. Davis Highland – to maximize the potential of these unique and valuable buildings.

“This agreement expands on the great creative relationship we already have John Wick and extending it to our Highland suffrage,” Joe Drake, outgoing chairman of Lionsgate Motion Pictures Group, and Adam Fogelson, chairman of MPG, said. “From the very beginning, Chad has been a creative force that defines the world of Wick; as we continue to think about the future for that world, we want Chad, working with Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee of Thunder Road, as our stewards to guide and strategize together at every step. This agreement makes it official, and we look forward to his steady hand and creative input not only on the film he is making, but on other stories that will come from it. He’s a real prospect, and we’re thrilled to have him in our corner.”

“I am pleased to be able to grow my relationship with Lionsgate in this new leadership role for the John Wick universe and its further expansion,” Stahelski said. “Jbut Wick so close to my heart and being able to continue shepherding will be a blast for me. I am so excited to be launching another franchise with Highlanda world so rich with fascinating stories to tell.”

What do you think about the possibility of Michael Fassbender playing the villain in Chad Stahelski’s Highland? Will Fassbender and Cavill have good chemistry? What form will the Kurgan take in Stahelski’s version if that is the way he chooses to go with the classic character?

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a JoBlo.com editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion The series YouTube Animation Movies is back. He is also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focused on comic books, film, music, and more. You rarely catch him without headphones on and pancakes on his breath.

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