Wha-?! Henry Cavill was Rumored to Be in the Running for These 12 Movie Roles
August 1, 2018
has been all over our radar ever since he graced our screens in Henry Cavill Man of Steel. Like… he’s freaking Superman! And now, with the recent release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout , he’s popping up everywhere. (THERE IS A GOD.)
So, we got to wondering about all the what-could’ve-beens in Henry’s past. And,
like many other fantastic actors, there’s a whole bunch of incredible roles he was considered for, but didn’t snag:
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Pierce Brosnan turned in his gun, the role of 007 (a.k.a. James Bond) was up for grabs. So, naturally, many Hollywood hotties auditioned for the coveted part, including Henry. Unfortunately, it sounds like his age got in the way.
"Perhaps Henry Cavill was too young for it then, he was 22 at the time we auditioned for
Casino Royale, but maybe he could still be James Bond in the future," GoldenEye/ Casino Royale director Martin Campbell said. "After all, Pierce Brosnan did a great screen test only to eventually get the part years later."
Daniel Craig is reportedly turning in his gun soon. Get in there, Henry!
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Believe it or not, more than a decade prior to the release of
Man of Steel, Henry auditioned to play Clark Kent in a completely different Superman movie dubbed Superman: Flyby. There's even evidence of his screen test on the Internet! At the time, J.J. Abrams was tapped to bring the production to life. But then, somewhere along the way, Bryan Singer took over the project and made what came to be known as Superman Returns, featuring Brandon Routh as the Last Son of Krypton (and we all know how that turned out).
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Long before facing off against
Ben Affleck's Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Henry was reportedly on the shortlist to play the Caped Crusader in The Dark Knight Trilogy, starting with Batman Begins.
, in 2003, stars such as The Hollywood Reporter Jake Gyllenhaal, Joshua Jackson and, of course, Henry were rumored to be in the running to play Bruce Wayne and his alter ego. Alas, Christian Bale snagged the part and became the best Batman of all time (don't @ us)!!!
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Robert Pattinson is the PERFECT Edward Cullen. But did you know that Twilight author Stephenie Meyer actually said that Henry would have been her "perfect Edward" before RPattz's casting?!
Apparently, HC got wind of Steph's dream... but he says he was never in the running. "I've heard this, but I haven't heard from Stephenie," he insisted to
, saying he's never had any contact with the writer. "I haven't spoken to her personally, and I haven't spoken to the producers." MTV News
"What I've heard, or pieced together from various sources, is that Stephenie had seen me in whatever jobs I had done previously, and I was probably perfect then," said Henry. "But then, the ravages of time had taken their toll. By the time the movie came around, I didn't look right for the character. No one even called me or my agent."
Henry was aging and Edward's supposed to be eternally 17, so the delays in production really hurt his chances of ever being cast in the film. "The most disappointing thing for me is losing my perfect Edward," Stephenie once said. "I'm not willing to relinquish Henry completely... I propose that Henry play Carlisle!"
FYI, Henry did NOT end up playing Carlisle either.
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Losing out on the role of Edward Cullen didn't mark the first time Robert Pattinson edged Henry out for a part. The dark-haired hottie also tried out to star in the fourth
Harry Potter film, Goblet of Fire... but then RPattz stole his thunder!
'I auditioned and then Robert got the role," he reportedly told
. Wow. ABC News
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Fifty Shades of Grey
long list of hotties who were reportedly in contention to play Christian Grey in the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation. Heartthrobs such as Ian Somerhalder, Theo James, Stephen Amell, and Robert Pattinson were name-dropped, plus, obviously, Henry Cavill.
However, during a May 2013
press conference, Henry pretty much shut down the reports. "Put it this way, I've not read a script, spoken to a producer or a director," he informed the crowd, adding, "Not exactly chaste writing, is it. I've always preferred the implied sex scene anyway because having it spelled out always seems a bit tacky. Sex is so readily available to us in every form of media now, so it's no longer that exciting on screen."
Charlie Hunnam was originally cast in the role, but backed out due to his commitments to Crimson Peak. Jamie Dornan was eventually cast and, boy, did he deliver.
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Fifty Shades Darker
Despite Henry's lack of inclusion in the original
Fifty Shades film, the rumor mill cranked out reports of his possible inclusion in the film's sequel. This time, buzz circulated that Henry was in the running to play Jack Hyde, Anastasia's boss and one of the lead antagonists in the franchise.
While Henry basc shot down the Christian Grey reports, he played coy when it came to the Jack Hyde rumors. "Basically what I can say is I can't say anything about it right now," Henry told
before it was announced that E! News Eric Johnson got the gig. Way to keep everyone on their toes, Henry.
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When Henry was gunning for the role of James Bond, he actually lost out on TWO big roles. "When I wasn't selected for Bond, I was very disappointed," he told
. "I'd turned down a leading role in Nuts magazine 300 because it was down to Daniel Craig and me, and auditioning for Bond took all my focus."
It's unknown what part Henry was going for in the
Zack Snyder-directed production, but it sounds like it would've been a big break for then-relatively unknown Henry. But don't feel too bad — Zack's directed all of Henry's Superman productions.
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Hal Jordan/Green Lantern,
The Green Lantern
The Green Lantern turned out to be a trainwreck, many of Hollywood's finest were reportedly up for the part of the green-masked superhero. According to , stars such as The Hollywood Reporter Bradley Cooper, Justin Timberlake, Michael Fassbender, Jared Leto, and, you guessed it, Henry Cavill, were in contention.
Nevertheless, it was
Ryan Reynolds who won — and he won BIG. True, the movie SUCKED, but he met future-wife Blake Lively on the set of the flop flick, so we'd call it a win.
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The Legend of Tarzan
David Yates, who headed up four Harry Potter films and is tapped for all five Fantastic Beasts movies, also tackled 2016's The Legend of Tarzan. And, supposedly, when he took over the reins, he planned on meeting with Henry, Charlie Hunnam and Alexander Skarsgård. His meeting with Alexander must've gone extremely well 'cause the True Blood star's the one who scored the gig.
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The Great Wall
Ed Zwick was attached to helm The Great Wall, Henry was cast in the leading role. But when Yimou Zhang took over, Matt Damon was chosen as HC's replacement.
Hey, it's not a huge loss on Henry's part;
The Great Wall was a total failure!
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Five days before shooting began on
Stratton, Henry abruptly pulled out of the project. GFM Films said in a statement, "It is with great regret that we announce that Henry Cavill has pulled out of Stratton due to creative differences on the script of the movie. With production due to commence next week, we wish to keep the production team together and Simon West as director, so we are working now to replace Henry. Production will be delayed whilst we do this. Further announcements will be made in due course."
It was later announced that
Mamma Mia! actor Dominic Cooper was hired to play the titular character.