By Kieran Burt.
It’s been a turbulent time for Henry Cavill, with him leaving The Witcher and being fired from his role as Superman. But Cavill won’t have much time to relax, as he has just signed on to star and executive produce in Amazon Prime’s Warhammer 40k series.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Amazon has secured the rights to the game, produced by Games Workshop, after months of negotiations. It’s envisioned as a potential film and a TV series.
No writers or showrunners are attached to the project as of yet. Vertigo Entertainment, Cavill, Amazon Studios and GAW’s Andy Smillie and Max Bottrill will executive produce.
Henry Cavill posted a statement to his Instagram. He said: “For 30 years I have dreamt of seeing a Warhammer universe in live action. Now, after 22 years of experience in this industry, I finally feel that I have the skill set and experience to guide a Warhammer Cinematic Universe into life. Partnering with Natalie Viscuso at Vertigo has been a blessing beyond words, without her we might not have found the perfect home at Amazon.
“And having a home like Amazon will give us the freedom to be true to the massive scope of Warhammer. To all of you Warhammer fans out there, I promise to respect this IP that we love. I promise to bring you something familiar. And I endeavour to bring you something fantastic that is, as of yet, unseen.”
Warhammer is a tabletop game similar to Dungeons and Dragons, but also features intricately painted miniatures players can move around a model battlefield. Nottingham based Games Workshop launched Warhammer in 1987, and it’s grown to be the most popular miniature wargame in the world.
Warhammer 40k takes place 40,000 years into the future, in a dystopian world. Humans are in a constant and never ending war with aliens and magical beings, with gods and demons also present.
There are also several novels that flesh out the universe and the factions in it. Warhammer 40k has also been the subject of video games, most recently Warhammer 40k: Darktide.
The human faction is called the Imperium of Man, which is a militaristic empire spanning hundreds of planets. Other factions include the skeleton-like androids called the Necron, the Aeldari, the Orks, Tyranids and the T’au.
Henry Cavill is a huge fan of the franchise, admitting on The Graham Norton Show in 2021 that he has a hobby for painting and playing with the figures.
As the series hasn’t entered production yet, it likely won’t release for a long time.