By Jeff Labrecque
Updated June 18, 2013 at 02:20 PM EDT
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Ryan Reynolds might look like an immortal, but he won’t be playing one in the new Highlander remake after all. Reynolds had been attached to star as Connor MacLeod, a legendary Scottish warrior who’s fought rival gladiators throughout the ages. (Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and some Queen tunes rocked the 1986 original, a cult fave that made only $5.9 million in theaters.) Summit Entertainment is resurrecting the property, and it thought it had the goods with Reynolds and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). But Fresnadillo dropped out of the project last fall, and no new director had come aboard. The Wrap website first reported that Reynolds was no longer involved.

Reynolds can next be seen with Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D. (July 19), and he’s about to begin shooting Selfless for director Tarsem Singh.

Take a look at what he decided to pass on, the 1986 trailer for Highlander.

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