Superman actor Henry Cavill will direct Amazon’s Warhammer 40K series
Henry Cavill won’t need a red cape for his next role.
Just days after Guardians of the Galaxy director and new DC Studios co-chairman James Gunn announced he’s writing a Superman movie that won’t star the lead actor, Cavill is sharing his next steps with.
On Friday, Amazon Studios announced that it has secured worldwide rights to Games Workshop’s (GAW) “Warhammer 40,000,” a popular miniature tabletop game that will star Cavill in a film and TV show, based on the dark and futuristic war game. He will also serve as executive producer.
According to Amazon, the agreement includes rights to the Warhammer universe for TV series, films and likely games and animation.
“Warhammer 40,000 is set in the far future, where humanity stands on the brink of what may be its brightest future or its darkest age. The threats to the empire of mankind are many – traitors driven by the fires of ambition, alien empires sworn to take back the stars, and the corruption of reality by malevolent gods.
Cavill gushed about his new role and shared his excitement on Instagram on Friday, writing, “Seeing a Warhammer universe in live action has been my dream for 30 years. Now, after 22 years of experience in this industry, I finally feel I have the skills and experience to bring a Warhammer Cinematic Universe to life.”
“To all the Warhammer fans out there, I promise to respect this intellectual property that we love. I promise to bring you something familiar. And I strive to bring you something amazing that has never been seen before,” he added.
Regarding Cavill’s recently quit role as Superman, Gunn tweeted Wednesday that the forthcoming film about the Man of Steel without Cavill is headed for a “earlier part of Superman’s life.”
Cavill confirmed the news of his departure from the iconic role in a statement via Instagram, despite announcing in October that he would be returning to play Superman again.
“It’s sad news, everyone. After all, I won’t be returning as Superman. After being told by the studio to announce my return in October prior to their hiring, this message isn’t the easiest of messages, but such is life,” Cavill wrote. “I respect that James and Peter have to build a universe. I wish them and everyone involved with the new universe the best of luck and happiness.”
Cavill revived the role of Supes in 2013’s Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and portrayed the eponymous superhero in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League. He was last seen in the role in a cameo on DC’s Black Adam earlier this year.