Actor Henry Cavill abruptly quit his work in the movie “Stratton,” just days after shooting was to begin, Variety reported Thursday. The reason? Cavill is citing “creative differences” with the script as his reason for walking off.
The action-thriller is based on the first of a series of novels by Duncan Falconer. The movie had been set to start filming in London and Rome early next week. Cavill quit with just five days to go to filming. Stratton is being directed by Simon West.
In a statement, the production company, GFM Films, said in a statement Thursday that it plans to continue on with the movie: “It is with great regret that we announce that Henry Cavill has pulled out of ‘Stratton’ due to creative differences on the script of the movie. With production due to commence next week, we wish to keep the production team together and Simon West as director so are working now to replace Henry. Production will be delayed whilst we do this. Further announcements will be made in due course.”
GFM Films was in Cannes prooting the film project. Director West was hired to direct the film three months ago..“Stratton” is based on the first of a series of eight novels by Duncan Falconer. The book followed a Special Boat Service operative tracking down an international terrorist cell. The search took agents through Asia and Europe.
When he was hired, Cavill had nothing but praise for the film. Cavill is best known for his work in the Man of Steel movie.
“I’ve long wanted to tell a story about the British Special Forces, and finally the opportunity has come around,” the actor said. “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 storytelling and action, both of which are essential to do this project justice.”
Cavill is staying very busy. He will be seen in the upcoming “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” in August, followed by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” next spring. Cavill did not respond to Variety’s request for comments.