Henry Cavill Cruises from ‘Man of Steel’ to ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

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When Tom Cruise opted to call it quits on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the studio must have panicked. First Clooney, then Cruise. The bar had been placed incredibly high. Few men could contend with the gravitas of the actors who previously occupied the spy feature’s lead role of Napoleon Solo. What they’d need is a real hero. Someone existing well beyond the realm of mortal stardom. A bona fide super… fella. They’d need Henry Cavill, who, as Variety reports, is in negotiations for the part.

While the Man of Steel star is still only sprouting as a Hollywood name, his turn in the highly anticipated Superman picture could cement him as the next big thing. With a character both as iconic and as fragile as Clark Kent, an impressive performance by Cavill could cement him the kind of celebrity Christian Bale won after reinventing and re-immortalizing Batman.

If Cavill does indeed climb aboard, he’ll be joining another rising star, The Lone ranger‘s Armie Hammer, along with established adrenaline aficionado, director Guy Ritchie. Meanwhile, Cruise is focusing his energies on Mission: Impossible 5. So, we’re pretty much covered for fast-paced action-adventures.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.