’Warhammer 40000′: Amazon Gets Henry Cavill Series
Shortly after saying goodbye to the Superman role, much better news for Henry Cavill has arrived, as he is now set to star in a series based on the ever-popular Warhammer 40,000 line of tabletop wargames and pen-and-paper role-playing games. In addition, Amazon has invested in the streaming rights for the franchise, meaning that there will likely be more shows set in the expansive setting.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Henry Cavill’s next gig will be taking him to the grim darkness of the far future, where there is only war. This comes off the heels of not only his exit from the Superman role (though James Gunn has indicated that he may get an invite back at some point in the future), but also The Witcher, which he unexpectedly left earlier this year following the completion of the third season (and now Liam Hemsworth is set to take over his role as Geralt of Rivia). Cavill, a longtime Warhammer 40,000 fan, will also executive produce the series, which will be produced by Vertigo Entertainment. Furthermore, Amazon is in final discussions to acquire the license to use the fan-favorite sci-fi intellectual property after a long bidding war, suggesting that more shows in the franchise could be developed.
Serving as a sci-fi counterpart to the Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar lines, Warhammer 40,000 is set thousands of years into the future of our galaxy. The protagonists of most stories are part of a vicious alliance known as the Imperium of Man, a waning but still enormously powerful human empire that is being besieged from all sides by equally-vicious enemies from within (the traitorous followers of Chaos and the Daemons that they worship) and without (the various alien races knowns as Xenos). Back in 2019, it was announced that Amazon was developing a show based on the Eisenhorn book series, starring the titular Inquisitor (a sanctioned investigator looking to root out potential corruption from Chaos or Xenos forces from within). As of right now, it is unclear whether Henry Cavill’s project is related to this or will be a new series, and the status of the Eisenhorn show has not been revealed since it was first reported.
The rights to Warhammer 40,000 have not yet been sold to Amazon, and the show has not yet been formally greenlit, but it appears that progress should be made very soon.
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