After much speculation, relative unknown Henry Cavill has landed one of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. The British actor will play Superman (aka Clark Kent, as if you didn’t know) in Zack Synder’s still-untitled Superman film, set to be produced by Christopher Nolan.
If you’re wondering who the heck Henry Cavill is, you’re probably not alone. Cavill is best known for his role on the Showtime series “The Tudors,” and for playing the young Albert Mondego in the 2002 film The Count of Monte Cristo. He also stars in the upcoming Tarsem Singh film The Immortals, set to be released this November. I’ve been really looking forward to Tarsem’s follow-up to The Fall, but this casting announcement has skyrocketed my anticipation of that film. I’m glad to see Cavill get a chance to step into that iconic suit and take flight for Snyder.
The 28-year-old actor has had quite the history with franchise projects in the past: he auditioned for Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins but lost to fellow Brit Christian Bale, tried out for the new James Bond but was edged out by Daniel Craig, and was extremely close to actually playing Superman himself in Superman Returns, considered a frontrunner before Bryan Singer joined the project.
What do you think of Cavill as The Man of Steel? Would you have rather seen Armie Hammer (The Social Network), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), or Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), all rumored for this role at some point? The new Superman film will be released in December of 2012, but until then, sound off in the comments.