We know British actor Henry Cavill will be playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s reboot and we know Christopher Nolan thinks he is going to be ‘amazing’, but how did he land the role in the first place?
Snyder and Cavill have spoken for the first time about the casting process, and Cavil apparently got the role because nobody laughed when he put the suit on. I suppose that’s a good sign!
From Entertainment Weekly:
Among the topics of discussion: Cavill’s audition, which included shooting a screen test wearing a replica of Christopher Reeve’s once impressive, now dated Superman suit. “If you can put on that suit and pull it off,” says Snyder, ‘that’s an awesome achievement.” Cavill was feeling less than super in the moment, at least about his ability to fill out the costume: He had just finished shooting a film with Bruce Willis called The Cold Light Of Day, and the part required to him to shed the impressive abs of steel and muscle tone he had put on for the movie he made right before that, the forthcoming mythic fantasy Immortals. As an assistant helped to him put on the Super-suit, Cavill recalls: “All I could think was: Oh, god. They’re going to look at me and go ‘He’s not Superman. Not a chance.’ The actor inside me was going: You’re not ready! You’re not ready!” Snyder saw something — or rather someone — different. “He walked out, and no one laughed,” says the director. “Other actors put that suit on, and it’s a joke, even if they’re great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go ‘Wow.’ Okay: This was Superman.’”
EW also has Henry Cavill on the cover of their next issue. He isn’t in costume, but he is wearing a Superman shirt. You can check that out here.
No other cast members have been confirmed, but it will only be a matter of time as filming is set to take place later this year for a December 2012 release.