By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 31, 2011 at 8:33AM
Producer Chris Nolan and Zack Snyder have gone overseas for their new Superman: to Henry Cavill, 27. His name came up some time back as a possible Bond. But he lost the role to another more experienced British actor, the rugged Daniel Craig.
Now Cavill has landed a role for which youth is an asset: Superman, in the Warner Bros./DC Comics' Man of Steel. Cavill has been waiting for this: He was also considered for Batman Begins (against Christian Bale, another Brit), The Green Lantern (against Ryan Reynolds) and more --not to mention he was cast as Superman when McG was in the Captain's seat. (His casting proves yet again that Hollywood often finds its most masculine leads abroad.)
Now that the role is his, fellow contenders can move on to other pursuits. There are only so many pairs of tights in Hollywood and most of them seem to be filled. THR says Matthew Goode (Watchmen, A Single Man) was next in line for the role, and Winklevi-double-timer and Hoover-lover Armie Hammer was also in the mix.
The role of Lois Lane is the next hot topic. ThePlaylist made the following suggestions last October: Rebecca Hall, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan, Emily Blunt, Kate Mara, Elizabeth Banks and a few honorable mentions (we like McAdams).
Cavill has been acting on stage since his boarding school days in Buckingham's Stowe School, including Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream. His first film was Laguna with Joe Mantegna, directed by Dennis Berry (a clip below). Later came The Count of Monte Cristo, Tristan & Isolde, Stardust, Whatever Works, The Tudors (which he talks about with a posh British accent below). Both Immortals and The Cold Light of Day are in post. In Tarsem Singh's Greek-inspired fantasy-action-drama Immortals (November 11), he plays Theseus to Isabel Lucas's Athena, Michey Rourke's King Hyperion, Stephen Dorff's Stavros, John Hurt's Old Zeus and Frido Pinto's Phaedra. In Summit's thriller The Cold Light of Day, Cavill plays an American who uncovers a conspiracy while trying to save his kidnapped family; the film co-stars Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver (no release date). He's also the face of Dunhill's Black fragrance (video below). The Clark Kent glasses will have their work cut out for them.