chris hemsworth lethal weapon rebootA new, juicy rumor has Aussie heartthrob Chris Hemsworth pegged as one of the leads in the long-gestated reboot of the "Lethal Weapon" franchise.

The Tracking Board reports that Hemsworth has been offered the starring role in the mysterious project -- which apparently has the working title of "Lionhunters" -- which seems to be a reboot/sequel hybrid. According to Tracking Board, "the recent version of the script centers on the desires of an older cop's son (presumably Riggs' [played by Mel Gibson]) and his wishes to join the police force."

Screen Rant notes that Gibson and Rene Russo's characters had a son at the end of 1998's "Lethal Weapon 4," which could pave the way for the scenario that Tracking Board is reporting.

In addition to Hemsworth, Justin Lin (the "Fast & Furious" franchise) is reportedly attached to direct, while screenwriter Will Beall will pen the screenplay. Shane Black, who wrote the 1987 original "Lethal Weapon," also has a hand in shaping the new film, according to Tracking Board.

It's a familiar refrain, but bears repeating: This is all just a rumor for now. News of another installment in the action franchise has been brewing for years, and until studio Warner Bros. makes any official comment, this all should be taken with a grain of salt.

Besides, Hemsworth is pretty busy right now with his role as Thor in the "Avengers" series (and the character's own films), and Lin is set to direct the still-in-development fifth chapter of the "Bourne" series. But if they are indeed interested, what's another few years to wait for this flick? (Though Murtaugh might argue we're all getting too old for this...well, you know.)

[h/t Screen Rant]

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