Next Gen 2011: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars
An original Jersey boy (as in, the U.K.'s Jersey, Channel Islands), Cavill, 28, is streaking faster than a speeding bullet right now. Though he had made strides in movies before -- his feature debut was in The Count of Monte Cristo in 2002 -- he was, until recently, known in Hollywood for film roles he didn't nab, such as the leads in Superman Returns and Casino Royale. In 2007, he did win the role of Charles Brandon in Showtime's period melodrama The Tudors, garnering an international fan base in the process. These days, Cavill's rugged image can be seen on countless billboards and bus shelters across the country for Immortals, Relativity's entre into the visual effects-heavy tentpole business that opens Nov. 11. Next year, audiences will watch him opposite Bruce Willis in the thriller Cold Light of Day. And, in true Hollywood-ending style, Cavill has gotten a second shot at Superman, becoming the first non-American to portray the Man of Steel. The Zack Snyder-directed movie is now in production.