Henry Cavill, co-star of the Showtime series The Tudors, has been cast as the Man of Steel, Superman for Warner brothers upcoming, untitled franchise reboot.
In a statement released today, the film’s director Zack Snyder 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.
Rumors of Cavill’s casting had been on the rise over the last week, with today’s announcement confirming the casting. Previously, Cavill had been in contention for such roles as Batman and James Bond when producers recently overhauled the British spy franchise. Cavill’s next film to hit screens will be Immortals in the fall. He has just wrapped production on the thriller The Cold Light Of Day.
This new Superman is being scripted by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan.
Warners is hoping to have the film in theaters in December 2012.