Actor Henry Cavill recently commented that he wishes to reprise his role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7. The statement came after Cavill heard of Tom Cruise’s latest planned death-defying stunts.
Cavill is known best for his role as Superman, an honor he has held since the 2013 release of Man of Steel. Even though his role as the last son of Krypton may be somewhat uncertain, Cavill has found plenty of roles with which to fill his time–from his current role in Netflix’s The Witcher to his most recent stint on the big screen as Sherlock in the film Enola Holmes.
However, in 2018, Cavill stepped outside his comfort zone, and took on the role of August Walker, a rogue CIA Agent opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible—Fallout. Cavill picked the prime time to join the franchise, as Fallout was the most well-received installment to date.
Presented as having garnered yet another role of the of a good guy, the big twist was that he was the baddie that Hunt and team were spending the entire film attempting to track down. In this case, Superman was the bad guy—and if I may say so, he wore the role well. Even with his superb portrayal of his character, in the end, he was ultimately upstaged by his mustache.
In a podcast discussing his role as Sherlock in Enola Holmes, Cavill was asked if he was breathing a somewhat sigh of relief after hearing of the insane stunts that Cruise has planned for the sequel. Contrary to what most may think, his answer was:
“I was extremely jealous. Extremely jealous. I want to be there; I want to be parachuting off a motorbike into a canyon. Why can’t I be there? I miss it terribly.”
With Cavill traditionally being cast in the role of the hero, or the “good guy,” it is somewhat refreshing to see him take a role to the other extreme. Undoubtedly, not only did the part allow Cavill to break out of the mold of Superman, but it also allowed him the ability to broaden his acting horizons.