Twilight author Stephanie Meyer originally wanted Henry Cavill to play Edward Cullen, and the actor now reveals his response to finding this out.
Henry Cavill shares his reaction to learning that Twilight author Stephanie Meyer originally wanted him to play the role of Edward. Released in 2008, Twilight chronicles the love story between vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart), a mortal girl. Despite not striking a chord with critics, the film was a success at the box office and was followed by four sequels. The tumultuous romance between Edward and Bella is further complicated not only by Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a werewolf, but by other rival factions of vampires.
Although generally disliked by critics, the Twilight movies had a massive cultural impact. The books upon which the films are based quickly developed a passionate following, which then translated to the films as well. Pattinson became a big 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 for a number of years prior, Cavill only rocketed to global fame upon taking on the role of Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel, a role that he would then 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 taping of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Henry Cavill responds to Twilight author Stephanie Meyer originally wanting him for the role of Edward Cullen. The actor, as it turns out, only found out about Meyer’s dream casting after the movie had already been released. Check out Cavill’s full comment below when asked whether he felt any form of rivalry with Pattinson for losing out on the role:
“Not at all because I didn’t know about the movie. I didn’t know about them wanting to cast me and the Internet wasn’t quite the tool that it is now and so I only found out afterwards. I was like, ‘Oh okay, that would have been cool.’”
How Starring In Twilight Would’ve Affected Henry Cavill’s Career
Cavill only really became a household name in 2013 with the release of Man of Steel, but starring in Twilight would have seen this happen much earlier in 2008. While it’s possible that he could have enjoyed a similar career following the final Twilight movie in 2012, it’s also possible that his acting choices would have been very different. Following Twilight, Pattinson elected to star mostly in smaller indie movies for a number of years, only recently breaking that trend with 2020’s Tenet and this year’s The Batman. With Twilight also carrying a negative connotation for many moviegoers, it’s likely that Cavill’s casting as Superman would have generated significant backlash, just as Pattinson’s Batman casting did.
Part of what makes Cavill’s Superman in Man of Steel so compelling is that the actor had no real acting baggage. Since audiences weren’t widely familiar 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 Twilight. Although audiences will never know how Cavill’s career would be different today had played Edward in Twilight instead of Pattinson, most fans will likely be pleased that events played out the way that they did.
Source: Josh Horowitz
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