Who should play Henry Cavill in Amazon’s Warhammer 40,000?

Amazon Studios has the rights to adapt Warhammer 40,000 into “series, movies and more”, a project that Henry Cavill will produce and star in. Cavill called it “a Warhammer Cinematic Universe” on Instagram, which sounds like we should expect multiple stories. Assuming Cavill doesn’t play every role in all of them — a one-man fringe production that I’d actually watch — he’ll be able to play a character from any setting. So who should it be?

The obvious thing to do with 40K is to tell a story about Space Marines. The set’s signature visual is a burly boy with a helmet that resembles medieval siege architecture and shoulder pads the size of a family sedan. However, it is difficult to give a cast composed of space marines interesting personalities. They are indoctrinated, monastic, barely human and only exist to fight. There’s not a lot of variety there. The First Attempt at Making a 40K Movie, Direct to DVD Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie (opens in a new tab) as of 2010, struggled to differentiate its grizzled cast.

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