Danny Glover has seen 'Lethal Weapon 5' script with 'very strong relevance' to current events

Tom Beasley
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Danny Glover has played Murtaugh in all four of the 'Lethal Weapon' movies. (Credit: Warner Bros)
Danny Glover has played Murtaugh in all four of the 'Lethal Weapon' movies. (Credit: Warner Bros)

Too old for this s***? Well, Danny Glover might be about to head back into the Lethal Weapon franchise at the age of 73, based on a script with “strong relevance” to current events.

Glover told Variety that there is “something of a plan” for a fifth instalment in the action series, but admitted that “history changes fast” and so nothing is set in stone.

The star last played homicide detective Roger Murtaugh in 1998’s Lethal Weapon 4 and had the chance to read a new script earlier this year.

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He said: “I found the plot had very strong relevance to some of things that are happening today. I can say that.”

Glover hinted the movie could deal with the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and widespread protests about police brutality.

Danny Glover and Mel Gibson on the set of 'Lethal Weapon', directed by Richard Donner. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Danny Glover and Mel Gibson on the set of 'Lethal Weapon', directed by Richard Donner. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

He said: “It would be interesting to see how we take this within the political framework we are in; the economic framework that we are in.

“And especially that framework as opposed to the communities that have been affected by the kind of police violence, the kind of police standards, and the power that they exert as well.

“What would be interesting from that vantage point is what that attempt could be like at this particular moment.”

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Glover said he’d like to see the franchise “confront the issue head on” in its fifth and final movie.

The star has been an outspoken campaigner for civil rights issues and testified in front of Congress in support of providing reparations for America’s history of slavery and racial discrimination.

Danny Glover speaks before the start of a campaign event with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on February 17, 2020. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Danny Glover speaks before the start of a campaign event with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on February 17, 2020. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The original Lethal Weapon movie, penned by Shane Black and directed by Richard Donner, follows Murtaugh as he is reluctantly paired with Mel Gibson’s loose cannon Riggs.

It was previously confirmed that both Glover and Gibson are keen to appear in another outing, reprising some of their most iconic roles.

Donner is reportedly also on board for the fifth film, which is currently set to be titled Lethal Finale.

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The news of a return to the movie franchise comes after the Lethal Weapon TV series — in which Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans played Riggs and Murtaugh — was cancelled last year after three seasons.

American Pie actor Seann William Scott replaced Crawford alongside Wayans for the third season after allegations of misconduct on the set.