Henry Cavill to Star in 'Expendables 2' Director's 'Stratton' Thriller
While we're still waiting for the first glimpse of footage from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, we'll get to see Henry Cavill in a completely different light when he stars in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (watch the promising first trailer here). And this summer, he'll be taking on another film outside of the world of DC Comics as Screen Daily reports Cavill will star in Stratton, a special forces thriller form The Expendables 2 and Con-Air director Simon West. Cavill will play the title role in the film that is based on the first in a series of eight novels written by Duncan Falconer, a real ex-Special Boat Service operative. More below!
The story follows Stratton as he and his team risk life, limb and national security to track down an international terrorist cell. Here's the official synopsis of the first book, called The Hostage, on which the film will be based:
"When an undercover operation monitoring the Real IRA goes horrifically wrong, British Intelligence turns to the one man who can get their agent out: Stratton, an SBS operative with a lethal reputation. It’s a dangerous race against time—if the Real IRA get to the Republic before Stratton gets to the Real IRA, his colleague is as good as dead. But the battle in the Northern Ireland borders is just the beginning. For there can only be one way the Real IRA knew about the British agent—someone inside MI5 is tipping them off."
There's a chance this could become a Jack Ryan sort of property, but there's been plenty of attempts at that before which haven't turned into franchises. Still, it sounds like something close to Cavill's interests as he says, "I’ve long wanted to tell a story about the British Special Forces and finally the opportunity has come around. We plan to convert the books to cinema as accurately as possible while keeping them topical." In addition, West says, "I have followed Henry Cavill’s work for while now and I cannot imagine a better actor to take on this role. Henry is the reason this project is now possible.” Sound good?