When professional wrestlers make the move from the squared circle to the silver screen, it can be a bumpy transition. For every Dwayne Johnson, who finds acclaim in a wide array of mainstream films, you have a Steve Austin or John Cena who, while they gain a certain level of success in low-budget, direct-to-video action movies, aren’t likely to even conquer the metroplex. After movies like Wrong Side of Town and The Scorpion King 3, that’s the path many envisioned for Dave Bautista. But following on the heels of the mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy, he’s up for another high-profile role in a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster.
According to Latino Review, the former WWE superstar, and one-time burgeoning MMA fighter, is joining Summit Entertainment’s impending Highlander reboot in role of the Kurgan. You’ll remember that the mega-badass Clancy Brown played the brutal, immortal barbarian in the 1986 original. He’s the final villain that Christopher Lambert’s Connor MacLeod faces off with in the film.