Why? Well, it has been reported that Cavill called it quits at the very last minute due to “creative differences” on the script.
‘Twas ever thus, Simon West is to helm “Stratton” based on the first out of eight series of novels written by Duncan Falconer. Amber Entertainment, Cavill’s Promethean Productions and GFM are to serve as producers for the film.
Set to start shooting on 2nd June in London and Rome, Cavill was to play Stratton, a SBS (Special Boat Service) operative for MI5 as he and his team risked their lives to track down an international terrorist group.
Here’s what Cavill said when he took up the role of Stratton:
“I’ve long wanted to tell a story about the British Special Forces, and finally the opportunity has come around. Duncan Falconer’s work is fantastic, and we are incredibly fortunate to be working with him so closely. We plan to convert the books to cinema as accurately as possible while keeping them topical. Simon West is a perfect match for this movie with his ability to marry storytelling and action, both of which are essential to do this project justice.”
Unfortunately, Cavill’s excitement didn’t last long as the final script was not what he expected it to be.
GFM Films, which provides financing and was selling the film last week at Cannes, said in a statement it plans to continue with the project. The statement reads:
“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.”
The British actor will be seen next in an action movie “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” this coming August and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in March 2016.
Yes, production cannot carry on without a leading role but we’re hoping role “Stratton” doesn’t get canned due to this. So far, Cavill’s representation has not responded after a request for comment regarding this incident.