Henry Cavill to Play Superman
Jan 30th, 2011
Warner Bros. Pictures makes it official
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent/Superman
in the Zack Snyder-directed Superman movie:
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.
How Henry Cavill Beat Matthew Goode and Others to Land 'Superman'
6:35 PM 1/30/2011 by Borys Kit
The veil of secrecy over the Superman casting process was such a Fortress of Solitude that not even Henry Cavill nor his CAA agents knew the actor had gotten the role in Warner Bros.' Zack Snyder-directed,
Christopher Nolan-produced movie until Sunday morning.
The British actor, best known for his work on Showtime's period drama The Tudors,
was in the top three or four contenders since Day 1, says one insider,
somewhat fitting since the 27-year old has tried out for superhero roles before.
Cavill was a leading contender for Superman when Warners was reviving the franchise in the mid-2000s.
He was on McG's shortlist before the director was replaced by Bryan Singer and the role went to Brandon Routh, and Cavill first came to Nolan's attention when he vied for the role of Bruce Wayne opposite Christian Bale in Nolan’s Batman Begins.
According to sources, Cavill's closest competitor this time around was Matthew Goode, another British actor who was one of the stars of Snyder and Warners' Watchmen comic book movie (he played genius entrepreneur Ozymandias.)
Goode was also in contention for the title role in Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and is said to have taken himself out of that race in order to focus on Superman.
Warners and Nolan auditioned actors in Los Angeles, New York, and London in November and December,
with someone in the 28- to 32-year-old range as the ideal candidate.
In addition to Cavill and Goode, among those who met or were under consideration were White Collar star Matthew Bomer, Social Network's Winkelvoss twins Armie Hammer, True Blood actor Joe Manganiello
(scheduling with the HBO show was a factor) and Colin O’Donaghue, who stars opposite Anthony Hopkins in The Rite.
Cavill was invited for a callback in January, where he met Snyder face-to-face for the first time, according to a source.
The final decision came down last week, and the Nolan secrecy machine was in such force that only a handful of execs knew the choice.
In fact, many top Warners execs found out only after Cavill had been called Sunday morning.