New British Superman revealed
Monday 31 January 2011
A relative unknown, Henry Cavill, has been cast as the classic superhero Superman and his alter ego, mild-mannered Clark Kent, in the new upcoming revamp of the film, the studio announced on January 30.
The director of the latest version, Zack Snyder ( Legion of the Guardians, Watchmen, 300) stated "[Cavill] is the perfect choice to don the cape and 'S' shield," as reported in The Hollywood Reporter. Christopher Nolan, the director of Inception, will produce.
Cavill, who starred in The Tudors on the US premium channel Showtime, will portray Greek warrior Theseus battling the Titans in the mythic Immortals with Mickey Rourke, John Hurt and Freida Pinto. It will be released November 2011. He will also appear with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver this year in the thriller The Cold Light of Day.
The 27-year-old actor was considered along with Armie Hammer (The Social Network's Winkelvoss twins), Joe Manganiello (HBO's True Blood), and Colin O'Donaghue ( The Rite). Cavill was also up for 2006's Superman Returns before Brandon Routh got the role.
Three British actors have recently been cast to portray major comic book superheroes: Christian Bale ( The Fighter) reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Dark Knight Rises and Andrew Garfield ( The Social Network) is currently in production on the reboot of Spider-Man.
Other comic book tales coming this year include other new young actors; including Marvel's Thor with Australian Chris Hemsworth and Captain America played by Chris Evans. DC Comics' Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds ( The Proposal).
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