Rumour: Chris Hemsworth to star in Lethal Weapon reboot?

Warner Bros is reportedly developing a franchise continuation

Lethal Weapon could be the next film on the Hollywood reboot production line, according to a new report.

The Tracking Board reckons that Thor star Chris Hemsworth has been offered the lead role in a Lethal Weapon reboot.

From the sounds of it, it wouldn't be a ground-up remake of the franchise, with the plot set to centre on the son of an older cop (TB predicts that'll be Mel Gibson's Martin Riggs) who decides to join the police.

Original producer Joel Silver is on board, and Fast & Furious rejuvenator Justin Lin is attached to direct (hinting that this take will be very action-orientated).

There's no clear indication on whether Gibson or Danny Glover will be back for supporting roles or cameos, though TB suggests that original screenwriter Shane Black has contributed ideas to the reboot.

It's easy to imagine '80s action fans being cynical about another favourite franchise being dredged up, but Hemsworth's audience appeal - and the fact this isn't a straight-up remake - should assuage those worries somewhat.

With details so scarce right now, there's no hint of a tentative release date for the new Lethal Weapon - stay tuned for more as we get it.

Would you go to see a new Lethal Weapon starring Hemsworth? Tell us below...

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    • Wolfy82

      May 8th 2014, 8:52

      I know mel is gettin on a bit but plz hav him as main lead don't destroy another classic!!!

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    • Wolfy82

      May 8th 2014, 8:53

      Plus hemeworth with b to busy with marvel (hopefully lol)

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    • monkeybeef

      May 8th 2014, 11:28

      No no no no no no nooooooooo!!! Lethal weapon 4 was one sequel too many, why do we need another one? Rings and Murtaugh are definitely too old for this s**t. Why do we need another reboot? Why not make an original movie in the spirit of Lethal Weapon instead? As for using Riggs son to take up the mantle of half crazy kick a*s cop, I seem to recall that idea being used in Die Hard 5 not so long ago, and it was balls....

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    • monkeybeef

      May 8th 2014, 11:31

      Damn you autocorrect! I take the time to spell Murtaugh right and then you change Riggs to rings! Aaaaaaarrrggghhh!!!

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    • Ali1748

      May 8th 2014, 12:20

      Smh Another pointless remake.

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    • apo1978

      May 8th 2014, 12:40

      Hollywood are just fueling the fire for Seltzer/Friedberg's eventual "Reboot Movie" franchise or some tripe...

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      May 8th 2014, 14:58

      If they're looking for someone to play a cop with nothing to loose, on the edge of sanity, an accident waiting to happen and all that they should get Tom Hardy's phone number. He'd be perfect

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    • endofdays2

      May 8th 2014, 17:55

      After Mad Max, Hardy doing Lethal Weapon as well would be funny. Next up, a remake of What Women Want starring Tom Hardy. Then a remake of Braveheart starring Tom Hardy.

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    • Wolfy82

      May 8th 2014, 19:23

      Lol end of days2.

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    • Wolfy82

      May 8th 2014, 19:24

      U got a point monkey beef.

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    • QuietLife

      May 8th 2014, 20:49

      Payback with Tom Hardy would be quality though! Although I think he should pass on Forever Young 2: The Foetus Years.

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    • jaykays hat

      May 9th 2014, 9:46

      Nothing will ever compare to the original Lethal Weapon, it was one of the best films of the 80's. There has never been a better on screen cop chemistry as there was with Mel & Danny, this was Gibson at his best and apart from Die Hard's Rickman, Busey was one of the best bad guys of the 80's as Mr Joshua. I really hope they don't remake this film.

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