Once called “…the most unlucky man in Hollywood” by Empire magazine. Today he is the first non-American actor to become “Superman”.
Henry Cavill was born on May 5, 1983 in Jersey, Channel Islands. Since he was a kid, he developed a passion for performing arts, obtaining the main roles in plays such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Grease” at Stowe School (the boarding school in Buckinghamshire, England that he attended).
Since then he has appeared in a couple of well-known movies such as The Count of Monte Cristo, I Capture the Castle, and Inspector Lynley’s Mysteries: Well-Schooled in Murder. He also started as Melot, friend to James Franco’s Tristan in the 2006 Middle Ages-set film, Tristan + Isolde, a number of lesser-known movies, and a few television movies.
Now, Did you know that Henry Cavill was the first choice to become “Edward Cullen” in the Twilight franchise? I bet you didn’t.
Before Robert Pattinson was able to get the the main role of the multimillionaire franchise, Stephenie Meyers had her eyes on Hernry Cavill to play Edward Cullen. The reason why he didn’t get the role, was that by the time the first film got green light for production, the actor was already 25 years old and it was going to be really difficult for him to be play the role of a 17 years old boy. Sad isn’t it?
Did you also known that Henry Cavil was supposed to be Batman in Nolan’s reboot and the new James Bond of the generation?
Yes… and yes! – He was the closest contender to become Batman, and the closest to become James Bond, but while he was too old to play Edward Cullen, now he was too young to play Batman or James Bond.
But his luck changed once he was signed for Michael Hist’ TV series “The Tudors” in which Henry plays Charles, the closest friend of King Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).
The success of the drama tv series allowed Henry to got different roles in films such as “Stardust” that later would led him to top box office film “Immortals” obtaining the main role (Theseus).
Now, his luck doesn’t end here, quite the opposite, it expands. This time by being the first non-American actor to portrait Superman. As funny as it may sound, Herny auditioned for the role of Superman on the last version of the series, role that he was so close to get before Brandon Routh took it. Poor Cavill right? – Well this time he got it! –
Zack Znyder (director of “300” and “Sucker Punch”) is bringing to the screen a new (reboot) version of Superman with Henry Cavill as the man of the steel. Role that has allowed Henry to become one of the most wanted and well paid actors in Hollywood.
Superman opens on 2013, but before that, expect to see Henry Cavill in other great films!