Zack Snyder has found his Superman, British actor Henry Cavill. Where have you seen him? He was the son Albert Mondego in The Count of Monte Cristo, as Melot in Tristan and Isolde, and in The Tudors as Charles Brandon.
The 27-year-old actor is familiar with the role as he reportedly was very close to getting it in 2006′s Superman Returns, before director Bryan Singer instead cast Brandon Routh. Cavill will suit up in the red-and-blue-clad threads, as well as his glasses wearing alter ego Clark Kent, in the Zack Snyder-directed reboot of the franchise set for release in December 2012.
Interesting casting choice indeed. First of all, Fuck!-I was really hoping Jon Hamm (Madmen) would get this, even if he balked at the idea. Not to mention that this is yet another Brit to be cast in an American role (Andrew Garfield as Spider-man being the most recent). Superman is the embodiment of the American Spirit. You’d think Snyder would want to stay within are own borders for this one. Regardless, it doesn’t really matter who plays Superman, as long as they bring the right charisma to the role. Will Cavill pull it off? That remains to be seen. Personally, I think he has too much of that rich douche quality to him, but I will reserve my judgement. He does looks good with his shirt off (no homo!) and can act. I’m confident he’ll do fine.
You can catch Henry this November when he stars in the Greek myth drama Immortals with Micky Rourke and John Hurt.
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Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero.
The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who stated, “In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
Cavill recently wrapped production on “The Cold Light of Day” and stars in the upcoming “Immortals,” opening this fall.
Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.