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Viggo Mortensen Leading the Charge for 'Dances with Wolves' Sequel

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May 09, 2008 | 4:43am EDT

Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen is leading the race to replace Kevin Costner in the sequel to Dances with Wolves

The Holy Road is the follow-up to the hit 1990 western, which Costner directed and starred in, but Costner didn't want to reprise his John Dunbar character. 

Free Willy director Simon Wincer will take over the film, and insiders suggest producers want Mortensen to play Dunbar.

Graham GreeneMary McDonnell and Wes Studi are expected to reprise their roles from the original film, according to movie news Web site MovieHole.net.

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