Henry Cavill has managed to make his way into a number of notable franchises over the years. In addition to donning the cape of Superman for Warner Bros./DC, he has also played pivotal roles in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Enola Holmes, and portrays the lead character Geralt in Netflix’s The Witcher. His involvement in that property partially sprung from his love of video games. Cavill is an avid gamer and makes no attempt to hide his love of the medium. And now, it appears he will be able to funnel that passion into another project that will take inspiration from the world of video games.
According to our trusted inside source – the same one that provided Giant Freakin Robot with confirmed exclusive scoops regarding Chloe Bennet returning as Quake for a new Marvel series and Don Cheadle appearing as War Machine in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – Henry Cavill is directly involved in a major Mass Effect project. Our source says that there is a trilogy of films planned as well as a television/streaming series. Cavill actually teased a Mass Effect project on his Instagram with a photo that contains some blurry text that references the universe of the video game. We can confirm that this is part of the proposed plan for the Mass Effect film and series project.
Having Henry Cavill attached to a Mass Effect adaptation in film and television should indicate just how serious the studio is about committing to this franchise. The Mass Effect games have been enormously financially successful and it looks like they want to transfer that popularity to live-action by having a very noteworthy actor anchor the project. Our source could not confirm if Cavill would be directly involved with both the film trilogy and the series, but it does seem like he will be playing a vital role in the adaptation, so it is very possible that he will be involved in both projects.
The immediate assumption is that Henry Cavill is playing Commander Shepard, the protagonist of the Mass Effect games. We do not yet know if the film trilogy and series will be directly adapting the storylines of the video games or if this will be something very different. It could be a straight adaptation or it could be more along the lines of what happened with the Warcraft movie: a remake of sorts that feels like it takes place in the world of the games but makes certain changes to canon for cinematic reasons. We should also say that we have not been able to confirm that Cavill is playing Shepard, but that definitely feels like the most probable outcome of his involvement.
Fans have been hoping for a Mass Effect movie or series for quite some time now, and they should be pretty stoked to know that they are getting both. A film trilogy and series show that this is going to be an expansive universe to explore in live-action, and having a star like Henry Cavill at the center of it all will help bring on new fans to the impressive sci-fi property. This is one to keep your eye on because the Mass Effect franchise could offer audiences a truly in-depth world to explore. If the films and series are as engrossing as the games, these projects will be must-see events.