News broke today courtesy of Warner Bros. that relatively unknown British actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors) has landed the role of a lifetime playing one of America’s most iconic character: Superman.

Cavill has been cast to play the Man of Steel, as well as his mild mannered alter ego Clark Kent, in the highly anticipated Zack Snyder directed reboot of the Superman franchise which is set for release in December of 2012.

The 27-year-old actor is no stranger to the role as he reportedly was on the short list for the 2006’s “Superman Returns,” before director McG was replaced by Bryan Singer, who had gone with Brandon Routh.

You can see more of Cavill’s acting chops this November when he stars in the Greek myth drama “Immortals.”

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Source: Latimes