January 31st, 2011
09:32 AM ET
"The Tudors" star Henry Cavill's career is about to soar to new heights: The Brit actor has officially landed the coveted role as the Man of Steel in the upcoming Superman movie reboot.
“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,” the movie's director, Zack Snyder, says of Cavill. “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.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, 27-year-old Cavill beat out fellow Brit Matthew Goode, "White Collar" star Matthew Bomer, "True Blood" actor Joe Manganiello and "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer for the part of Clark Kent's alter ego.
But this isn't the first time Cavill has attempted to play superhero. He previously tried out for 2006's "Superman Returns" but lost the role to Brandon Routh and was beat out by Christian Bale for 2005's "Batman Begins."
The new Superman movie is expected to fly into theaters in December 2012.
What do you think of Cavill's casting?
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