Henry Cavill is a busy man. He still remains in the cape as Superman while we wait to see what Warner Bros. can mess up next in the DCEU. He still has The Witcher on the go. Just yesterday he was talked about with the role of Captain Britain in the MCU in mind, and the James Bond rumors just won’t stop. He also is now firmly booked in for Highlander and that production is gathering place.

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Coming from John Wick director Chad Stahelski, the Highlander reboot will reportedly begin filming in 2022. The Hollywood Reporter just ran a large profile piece on the English actor. The schedule was revealed, along with a few more details about the project.

Stahelski’s vision was described as:

“…a more grounded-in-reality take…”

The piece also went on to describe the tone as differing from the movies and the television show in that it:

“…will likely play a bit more like a modern tragedy.”

Do not fear, though. It will still involve immortals battling down through history in order to claim “The Prize” It is reported that Cavill will score a $5 million payday for the role. A lot is expected of him, though, as director Chad Stahelski says:

“Henry obviously has the physicality, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot if you can’t also carry the empathy of a character that’s lived 500 years, and I needed somebody who could do both.

The character’s arc spans hundreds of years and he becomes many different personalities, all of which extend the timeline of his emotional growth, then during our first meeting, my suspicions were confirmed: Henry was immediately riffing on the idea of the burden of immortality and you could see in his eyes that he can transform himself from being a young, vibrant soul to an old, wise soul. He had this combination I was fascinated by.

The other thing you could see was his genuineness – he really loves the property and loves what he believes he can do with it, and when an actor has that level of passion, you’re going to get something unique. And finally – you’ve met him, you know – after 10 minutes you’re just like: ‘He’s cool, I want to hang out with this guy.'”

Cavill claims to have been a fan of the franchise since childhood, and luckily has already got the swordfighting training from both The Witcher and his time on The Tudors.

No word yet on a Scottish / Spanish / Egyptian co-star for Highlander.

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