Rumour: Chris Hemsworth to star in Lethal Weapon reboot?

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

The Tracking Board (opens in new tab) 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.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.