Henry Cavill exited Stratton, and that departure came abruptly. It was only a few days before the production was set to begin on the action thriller, reported Variety.
Why did Cavill abandon Stratton? Chalk it up to “creative differences” about the script, which Simon West is directing in London and Rome based on Duncan Falconer’s novels.
Financial backer GFM Films emphasized that Stratton will continue with a different actor, who is yet to be determined.
“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 are working now to replace Henry.”
West was hired in February as the director for Stratton, which reveals how a Special Boat Service operative hunts an international terrorist cell throughout the world.
Henry, known as the Man of Steel for his superhero film role, then issued a comment about his enthusiasm for the film.
“I’ve long wanted to tell a story about the British Special Forces, and finally the opportunity has come around,” said Cavill.
“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 storytelling and action, both of which are essential to do this project justice.”
Now that Henry has changed his mind, however, he won’t be long gone from the big screen. His The Man From U.N.C.L.E. role debuts in August. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to fly into theaters in March 2016.
Cavill also is being considered for a role in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie sequel, reported Franchise Herald.
However, despite Jamie Dornan’s exit, Henry isn’t being considered for Christian Grey. Instead, producers are eyeing the Man of Steel for Jack Hyde.
Who is Hyde? According to E.L. James’ novel Fifty Shades Darker, Jack is Anastasia Steele’s sensual boss.
However, Cavill supposedly was the number one choice on the part of Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson for Christian Grey. That coveted lead, however, was taken by Jamie Dornan.
As the Inquisitr reported, the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels are to be authored by E.L. James’ husband.
Niall Leonard was signed up for the sexy task by his wife, and they have two sons. Both are authors, with E.L. James (whose name is Erika Leonard) soaring to fame with the Fifty Shades of Grey series. Put in the shadows by his wife’s success, Niall is known as a British TV writer and penned the Crusher books. And although Leonard contributed to the original Fifty Shades film, he never received public credit for his work.
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