Henry Cavill’s certainly had an up-and-down-and-up-and-oh-my-god few months, but the former Superman and about-to-be-former Witcher star is about to land another dream role: the lead in a series adaptation of the world of Warhammer 40,000.
Games Workshop and Amazon have announced that the latter has acquired the rights to the massively popular sci-fi wargame for TV, film, and more, and while no writers or showrunners are attached, Cavill is on board to star and executive produce the first planned series, and will executive produce all other Warhammer 40,000 shows at the streamer. The news was first reported by THR.
Warhammer 40,000, which started in 1987, is set in the far future of the 41st millennium, in a galaxy torn apart by perpetual war. The Imperium of Man—a fascist, theological autocracy ruled by the decaying body of a millennia-old God-Emperor and defended by the genetically enhanced, power-armor-laden chapters of the Space Marines—attempts to safeguard its worlds and peoples against a host of alien and demonic threats, from the corrupted forces of Chaos, to the mech-piloting hegemony of the Tau Empire, to the swarming hordes of the Tyranid hives. It’s a world that spawned the term “grimdark” for its love of over the top excess in gore, action, and the amount of spikes you can fit onto someone’s shoulders.
“I have loved Warhammer since I was a boy, making this moment truly special for me. The opportunity to shepherd this cinematic universe from its inception is quite the honour and the responsibility,” Cavill said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more grateful for all the hard work put in by Vertigo, Amazon and Games Workshop to make this happen. One step closer to making a nigh-on lifelong dream come true.”
Cavill has made it known many a time that he is an avowed fan of the setting and the tabletop game itself, painting his own army of Adeptus Custodes—the golden-plated personal guards of the Imperium’s Emperor. This is also not the first time we’ve heard of plans for a Warhammer 40,000 TV show, either: Games Workshop itself previously announced it was planning on developing a series around the Imperial Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn, a character from the company’s “Black Library” fiction range who hunts down alien and demonic threats against the Imperium, but this is presumably a different idea in the works.
Update 12/16/2022 9am EST: This story has been updated to reflect the official announcement of the Games Workshop/Amazon deal.
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