Henry Cavill seems acutely aware that in order to keep himself from being pigeonholed as Superman for the rest of his career, he needs to be more than the face of a single franchise. He’ll next be seen in Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation of the spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and as we reported last November, he’s also attached to star in the Special Forces thriller Stratton, which is based on the first in a series of eight novels by ex-SBS operative Duncan Falconer.
According to Screen Daily, The Expendables 2 director Simon West has come on board to helm Stratton, which features the eponymous character trying to lead his team to take down an international terrorist cell. Cavill says, “I’ve long wanted to tell a story about the British Special Forces and finally the opportunity has come around. Duncan Falconer’s work is fantastic and we are incredibly fortunate to be working with him so closely. We plan to convert the books to cinema as accurately as possible while keeping them topical. Simon West is a perfect match for this movie with his ability to marry story-telling and action, both of which are essential to do this project justice.”
West added, “I have been looking for an opportunity to establish a new UK based action character for some time and Stratton fits the bill perfectly. The greatest challenge was always going to be who can play a character like that and bring depth and realism. I have followed Henry Cavill’s work for while now and I cannot imagine a better actor to take on this role. Henry is the reason this project is now possible.”
So are Simon West and Guy Ritchie the kind of filmmakers who can help keep Cavill’s star aloft when he’s not wearing a red cape? I’m not so sure, but to be fair, I still don’t have much of a sense of Cavill beyond “He’s handsome and credible as Superman.” It will be interesting to see if he can carry franchises that don’t feature one of the most popular fictional characters of all time.