Henry Cavill’s future in major Hollywood franchises has been a roller coaster ride for his fans in recent weeks. Less than two months ago, he cameoed as Superman himself in Black Adam’s end credits scene before teasing a huge comeback for his Man of Steel on social media. A few days later, the 39-year-old announced that he would be leaving The Witcher after the third season of the Netflix fantasy, with Liam Hemsworth replacing him as Geralt. Speculation was rife that he would be too busy with future DC projects, while hopes that he would finally play James Bond seemed to be fading—until now.
Cavill has announced that new DC boss James Gunn has dropped him as Superman, who has taken over the franchise and plans to make a movie about a younger Clark Kent with a new star. The Hollywood A-lister admitted it wasn’t easy to announce the “sad news” and thanked the fans he would “cry with.” However, now that the 39-year-old has left The Witcher and Superman behind, he suddenly feels free to be cast as the next James Bond.
The actor was in his early twenties when he did the final two with Daniel Craig during the 2005 Casino Royale auditions. Since then, he hasn’t been shy about admitting that he’d love to take on 007 in the future. And considering that the position is now open and he’s about the same age as the outgoing star when he left the position, it suddenly seems a lot more likely.
Following the news of his departure from Superman, Coral Bookmakers has received a flurry of bets on Cavill in upcoming James Bond installments. The star is now the 2-1 favorite to replace Craig, having beaten earlier odds on Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who has been pushed back into second place along with Regé-Jean Page at 7-2.
Taylor-Johnson flew to the top of the race earlier this month after an alleged insider reported that he had had a secret audition to be the new 007. Take it with a grain of salt, but apparently, 32-year-old Kick Ass. the star really impressed producer Barbara Broccoli during a gun barrel screen test.
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Taylor-Johnson certainly has the advantage over Cavill of being younger as producer Michael G Wilson said they were ideally looking for someone in their thirties to play 007. Instead of playing other spies, it might as well be.
Further down the odds is Tom Hardy at 5-1, followed by Idris Elba at 6-1, Chiwetel Ejiofor at 13-2, James Norton at 10-1, Aidan Turner and Jamie Dornan at 12-1, Jack Lowden at 16 -1 and Callum Turner at 20-1. Fingers crossed that there will be some official news in the new year.
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