Henry Cavill Cast as Superman in Reboot Flick

Sunday, Jan 30, 2011  |  Updated 3:44 PM EDT
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Yet another Superman is coming to the rescue.

British actor Henry Cavill was cast as the superhoro and his alter-ego Clark Kent in an upcoming Warners. Bros and Legendary Pictures flick, E! Online reported.

The casting comes almost a decade after the 27-year-old actor failed to make the cut for a previous Superman film, according to Reuters.

Cavill, best known for his roles on Showtime series "The Tudors" and "Stardust," will be putting on the red cape for a currently untitled film to be released December 2012, Warner Bros. announced Sunday.

The British actor was also in the running to play the superhero years ago in "Superman Returns, but Reuter reported he lost the role to Brandon Roth when Bryan Singer replaced Joseph "McG" Nichol as director in 2004.

Director Zach Snyder said he was thrilled about directing the superhero reboot flick.

"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," Snyder said in a statement. "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."

The screenplay is penned by "Batman Begins" writer David S. Goyer and is based on a plot he created with Christopher Nolan, the writer and director of "Inception."

Cavill is also in upcoming adventure, "Immortals."

Selected Reading: The New York Times, Reuters, E! Online,

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