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Henry Cavill still really wants to be James Bond after Daniel Craig

Published: 25/Sep/2020 2:33 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 2:42

by Isaac McIntyre

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Henry Cavill has admitted he’s still “very, very” eager to play one of the most iconic British movie characters of all time, suave spy James Bond, once Daniel Craig steps aside after the release of No Time to Die later this year.

Cavill is no stranger to playing iconic roles. The Englishman, 37, has already had a stint in the blue and red of DC’s man of steel, Superman, and brought Polish fantasy hero Geralt of Rivia to life in Netflix’s latest smash-hit, The Witcher.

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He still has his eyes set on the UK’s biggest role though: James Bond.

It’s no secret Cavill has been enamored by the chance to play the 007 agent at least once in his career. The 37-year-old was actually in the running to take up the mantle all the way back in the mid-2000s, before he lost out to Daniel Craig.

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Now, Craig’s tenure ⁠— which began after Cavill was warned he was “too chubby” to play the iconic British spy ⁠— appears to be at an end. No Time To Die marks the franchise’s 25th flick, and Craig will be out the door after its November release.

Henry Cavill appears in Mission Impossible: Fallout.
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Henry Cavill has done little to hide his passion for James Bond, and his eagerness to play the iconic role.

Henry Cavill has spotted his chance. 15 years after he was cut from the running in the final stage of casting, the Superman superstar has put his hand up for the role once again: “I’d love to play Bond.”

“If Barbara [Broccoli, lead Bond producer] and Mike [G. Wilson, co-producer] were interested in that, I would absolutely jump at the opportunity,” Cavill said.

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“At this stage, it’s all very up in the air,” the star told GQ on Sep. 24. “We’ll see what happens. But yes, I would love to play Bond. It would be very, very exciting.”

Funnily enough, Cavill just ticked another huge British iconic off his list; this month, the release of Millie Bobby Brown’s ‘Enola Holmes’ saw him play Sherlock. He was cast in the role back in early 2019. What’s next for Cavill, Doctor Who?

Henry Cavill just can't get enough of playing iconic movie roles like Sherlock Holmes and Superman, it seems.
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Henry Cavill just can’t get enough of playing iconic movie roles like Sherlock Holmes and Superman, it seems.

Craig’s James Bond swan song, “No Time To Die,” is expected to be released worldwide on November 12. The British spy’s 25th outing was originally set for an early April premiere. It was delayed, however, due to the shock global closure of movie theatres.

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Daniel Craig has now become the longest-serving James Bond, after 14 years as the iconic character. He first debuted in Casino Royale in mid-2006. Only Sean Connery (6) and Roger Moore (7) have appeared as James Bond more times.

Daniel Craig will be hanging up the James Bond mantle after 'No Time To Die.'
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Daniel Craig is finally hanging up the iconic James Bond mantle after ‘No Time To Die.’

Eon has already begun their hunt for the next Bond behind the scenes. Cavill is one name on the list. Tom Hiddleston, Richard Madden, Tom Hardy, and even Harry Styles are all rumored to be in the running, as is popular fan-pick Idris Elba.

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Multiple publications have also tipped Tom Hardy as a possible successor to the Bond tuxedo, though not everyone is sold on those casting rumors.

Once Craig hangs up the mantle, expect Eon to spend some serious time looking for the seventh man to play Ian Flemming’s famous spy on-screen. ‘James Bond 26’ won’t be released until at least 2024, so there’s plenty of time yet.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.