Twilight author Stephanie Meyer originally wanted Henry Cavill to play Edward Cullen, and the actor is now revealing his reaction to discovering this.
Henry Cavill shares his response to learning that Twilight author Stephanie Meyer originally wanted him to play the part of Edward. Released in 2008, Twilight tells the love story between vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart), a mortal girl. Despite failing to strike a chord with critics, the film was a box office success and was followed by four sequels. The tumultuous romance between Edward and Bella is complicated not only by Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a werewolf, but also by other rival vampires.
Although generally disliked by the critics, Twilight movies had a huge cultural impact. The books on which the films are based quickly developed an impassioned following, which subsequently translated into the films as well. Pattinson became a huge star due to his role in the franchise, but Meyer has previously revealed that Cavill was actually her first choice for Edward. Although he had been a working actor several years earlier, Cavill only became world famous when he took on the role of Superman in 2013. Man of Steel, a role he would go on to play in a number of subsequent films, including: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
In a new interview with Josh Horowitz as part of a live recording of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Henry Cavill responds to Twilight author Stephanie Meyer originally wanted him for the role of Edward Cullen. The actor, it turns out, only found out about Meyer’s dream casting after the film had already been released. Watch Cavill’s full commentary below when asked if he felt any sort of rivalry with Pattinson for losing the part:
‘Not at all, because I didn’t know the film. I didn’t know they wanted to cast me and the internet wasn’t quite the tool it is today and I only found out later. I was like, ‘Oh okay, that would have been cool.’”
How Starring In Twilight Would Have Influenced Henry Cavill’s Career
Cavill only became a household name in 2013 with the release of Man of Steelbut in the lead Twilight would have seen this happen much earlier in 2008. Though it’s possible he could have enjoyed a similar career after the finals Twilight film in 2012, it’s also possible that his acting choices would have been very different. Next twilight, Pattinson chose to star primarily in smaller indie films for a number of years, only recently breaking that trend with 2020’s Basic principle and this year’s the batter. Of Twilight also with negative connotations for many moviegoers, it’s likely that Cavill’s casting as Superman would have generated significant backlash, much as Pattinson’s Batman casting did.
Part of what makes Cavill’s Superman so Man of Steel so compelling is that the actor had no real acting baggage. Because the public wasn’t widely acquainted with his work and didn’t already associate him with another role, he was able to fully become Superman in a way that might not have been possible had he starred in Twill. Though the public will never know what Cavill’s career would have looked like today if Edward had starred in it Twilight rather than Pattinson, most fans will probably be happy that events are going the way they did.
Source: Josh Horowitz
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