Henry Cavill is no longer playing Superman or Geralt of Rivia anymore, but he has another shot at landing a dream role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is set to star and executive produce a series adaptation of Warhammer 40,000, Games Workshop’s sci-fi miniature wargame, at Amazon, who’s closing in on a deal to acquire the rights.
The news comes after actor Rahul Kohli tweeted shortly before Cavill announced that he will be hanging up his cape, “Hey Henry, f—k it, let’s make a Warhammer movie/limited series.” No writers or showrunners have been attached, with Vertigo Entertainment tapped to also executive produce.
Of course, there’s still the chance that the deal won’t go through. Warhammer 40,000, being a massively popular title, continues to be highly sought after by other rival companies, and there have been plenty of announcements about TV shows with big names attached that never bore fruit.
Assuming the project does come to pass, Cavill would certainly be the best fit. It’s no secret that the star is a huge fan of both the tabletop and its setting, having painted his own army of Adeptus Custodes during quarantine, and gently clarifying the difference between Warhammer 40,000 and World of Warcraft on The Graham Norton Show.
Warhammer 40,000 started in 1987, and is set, well, 40,000 years into the future in a galaxy torn apart by perpetual war. The humans, making up the militaristic Imperium of Man, attempts to safeguard its worlds and people against a horde of alien and demonic threats, which range from the skeleton-like androids known as Necrons to grotesque aliens named Tyranids.
It’s an ambitious undertaking for sure, but Amazon will be on the winning end if all pans out right as planned. There’s another Warhammer 40,000 project in the works, first announced in 2019, that takes after the novels starring Inquisitor Eisenhorn, but it’s presumably a separate project with Big Light Productions behind the wheel.