Rumor: Chris Hemsworth Offered Starring Role in ‘Lethal Weapon’ Remake

By May 8, 2014

A remake of Richard Donner’s beloved buddy cop film Lethal Weapon has been in talks for years, and if this latest rumor is to be believed, things are finally starting to heat up with it. The Tracking Board reports that Chris Hemsworth has been offered a lead role in the remake (which is apparently called Lionhunters for some reason), in which he’d play “an older cop’s son who wishes to join the police force.” There’s speculation that Mel Gibson would come back to play that older cop, making Hemsworth’s character the son of Martin Riggs. The actors are both Aussies, so at least there’s a tenuous connection there.

For those of us who love the original and aren’t thrilled with the concept of a remake, things might be slightly better than we anticipated: rumor has it that Shane Black, the brilliant writer of the first Lethal Weapon film, “has had input into what direction the sequel will take,” although the screenplay for the remake is being written by Will Beall. That being said, from what we’ve seen and heard so far, Beall is bad news: his screenplay for Gangster Squad was godawful, and word floating around town is that he completely screwed up the script for an upcoming Justice League film. (You may have noticed that Beall’s name was nowhere to be found in last week’s reports of Zack Snyder directing Justice League.)

Chris Hemsworth

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is reportedly attached to helm the remake, but that guy has so many projects in development (on both the TV and film side), it’s hard to know which ones he’s actually going to commit to and which ones he’ll need to pass off to someone else. Do I personally want Lin to direct? Absolutely. Do I think he’ll actually be the one behind the camera when “action” is called on the first day? I don’t think it’s likely, mainly because this is a WB project and Lin has such a good working relationship with the folks at Universal after he and Chris Morgan saved the Fast series and turned it into one of the biggest franchises in the world. But who knows – this could turn into a priority project for him and it might be worth jumping around between studios to get this done.

As of now, all of this should be considered sketchy at best, but if I allow myself to believe it for the sake of argument, I think Hemsworth could actually be a great Riggs-esque character if he’s given good enough material to work with. Like almost all films, this will only be as good as its script, so let’s hope Shane Black’s influence is much heavier than just hinting at which direction the series should go.

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