Henry Cavill has been Superman, and may or may not be again. He had the opportunity to play Sherlock Holmes in a movie that just received the green light for a sequel from Netflix. He’s the star of The Witcher, one of Netflix’s biggest performers. All in all, his career is looking pretty great these days. So what will his next big move be? If he wants to keep the momentum alive, he’s going to need a next big move, right? Well, according to insider Daniel Richtman, Henry Cavill is currently interested in playing a villain for a James Bond movie.
This is a particularly interesting rumor at a particularly interesting time. Currently, James Bond is played by Daniel Craig, with his villain in Rami Malek. Craig’s final bond movie will be No Time to Die. After many pandemic related delays costing MGM millions and millions of dollars, the movie is scheduled to open in theaters October 8, 2021. It will be the 25th James Bond movie overall. While some have encouraged Craig to continue in the role, he’s been firm that he’s done. So now, everyone is looking at who will play James Bond next. On most of the lists of possibilities is none other than Henry Cavill himself for the role of Bond.
Moreoever, we know that when Henry Cavill was 22 years old, he auditioned to play James Bond. The character is usually played by a much older actor. Now, Cavill is 38 years old, an established actor with a cutting jawline, and is one of the more obvious possibilities for the main role. In an interview for GQ in September 2020, Cavill said, “I would absolutely jump at the opportunity,” and then added, “We’ll see what happens. But yes, I would love to play Bond, it would be very, very exciting.” So, we know that very recently, he was still holding onto hope to someday play Bond.
While Sean Connery was 32 years old when he began playing James Bond, Roger Moore was 45 his first time around. This puts Henry Cavill right in his prime Bond years. Why would Cavill be interested in switching up his play and going after the role of the villain now of all times? This rumor would make more sense if perhaps Cavill has already heard that he’s out of the running for the main role.
It isn’t out of the question that perhaps behind-the-scenes the studio already has their minds made up about an actor for the part and Henry Cavill heard about this. Alternatively, he could have heard simply that the studio has ruled him out as a possibility, but if the actor wants the part as badly as he’s always seemed to, and he’s on all the fan-favorite lists, it would seem like he might try harder to persuade them before throwing an alternate pitch their way.
If Daniel Richtman is right and Henry Cavill is interested in playing the villain for an upcoming James Bond film, it sounds like that means Cavill has given up on his dreams of playing the main character and grabbed onto the idea of at least being part of the franchise. Hopefully, he’s working on his villainous monologues and petitioning for a great Bond villain name.