Henry Cavill Officially Cast As Superman

It’s official – Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed and Christopher Nolan-produced “Superman” reboot.

British thesp Cavill (“The Tudors,” “Whatever Works,” “Stardust”) previously came close to scoring the role in “Superman Returns” when McG was to direct, but ultimately missed out when Bryan Singer took over and cast Brandon Routh.

The very handsome 6’1, 27-year-old model and actor was also up for the role of James Bond in “Casino Royale” alongside Daniel Craig and Sam Worthington, Craig eventually winning the part. In recent years he’s become known for his role as Charles Brandon, the close friend of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) on Showtime’s “The Tudors”.

Here’s the press release:

“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.

Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.”