Henry Cavill exited the Simon West adaptation of Duncan Falconer's novel, Stratton, GFM Films confirmed Thursday.
"It is with great regret that we announce that Henry Cavill has pulled out of ‘Stratton’ due to creative differences on the script of the movie. With production due to commence next week, we wish to keep the production team together and Simon West as director so are working now to replace Henry. Production will be delayed whilst we do this. Further announcements will be made in due course."
To say that fans are bummed would be the understatement of the year. After all, who wasn't excited to watch the Man of Steel play a tough Royal Marine on the big screen?
Cavill's departure apparently came as a shock to all involved. Producers had been hard at work in Cannes, trying to secure financing for the film, which tells of Falconer's time serving in Her Majesty's forces.
The abrupt departure also comes just a few days before filming was set to begin (June 2) in London and Rome, and as Duncan Falconer (a pseudonym) -- a former British Special Forces -- was excitedly sharing images of Henry Cavill training to play him.
Stratton was not only a dream role for Henry Cavill -- his brother Nik is a Royal Marine -- the film also marked the first time he was acting as a producer. Along with his brother Charlie, his Promethean Productions was involved in the adaptation.
There has been no official word from Henry Cavill's reps on his departure from Stratton at this time. Duncan Falconer -- who has been keeping fans updated on the production -- is also quiet thus far.
ScreenDaily -- which first broke the news -- reports that GFM co-founder Guy Collins, got the news directly from Henry Cavill.
"Then, during several meetings this week in London with both sets of producers including Henry Cavill, he told us he has decided not to shoot this script at this time. He had a different vision of what the film should be to us and the production team and wanted to delay production until September and shoot a different story and script."
Collins said they want to keep the crew together, but will now have the not-so-easy task of replacing Henry Cavill. We can next see Superman when he stars in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.