Simon West to direct Henry Cavill thriller

Henry Cavill Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) will be at the helm of Stratton, a new action thriller starring Henry Cavill set to film in the summer.

Amber Entertaiment is the shingle behind the project; they will produce alongside Cavill, his brother Charlie and Rex Glensy under their Promethean Productions banner.-

The film is based on the first of a series of eight novels by ex-SBS (Special Boat Service) operative Duncan Falconer and follows the Special Forces hero as he leads the hunt for an international terrorist cell. Shooting is scheduled to take place in Rome, southern Italy and London.

The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice actor said of the film:  "I've long wanted to tell a story about the British Special Forces and finally the opportunity has come around. Duncan Falconer's work is fantastic and we are incredibly fortunate to be working with him so closely. We plan to convert the books to cinema as accurately as possible while keeping them topical. Simon West is a perfect match for this movie with his ability to marry story-telling and action, both of which are essential to do this project justice!

"Having the opportunity to expand my horizons into filmmaking is incredibly exciting. Getting to work so closely with my brother in this venture is equally so."

West remarked: "I have been looking for an opportunity to establish a new UK based action character for some time and Stratton fits the bill perfectly. The greatest challenge was always going to be who can play a character like that and bring depth and realism. I have followed Henry Cavill's work for while now and I cannot imagine a better actor to take on this role. Henry is the reason this project is now possible."

From 26 February, Production Intelligence subscribers can follow this project to get updates over the coming weeks.

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