From the DC universe to the cloak and dagger world of spies and terrorists, Henry Cavill is about to grace the big screen once again in another star-studded blockbuster. This time as CIA agent, August Walker, in the sixth installment of the Mission Impossible series, Fallout, alongside the likes of Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Alec Baldwin.
Mission Impossible: Fallout sees Tom Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt take it upon himself to make things right after a mission ends badly with dire consequences. The CIA begins to question his loyalty and motives, thus where Henry Cavill’s Agent August Walker comes in. Now to fulfill his mission Ethan must race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.
While this a far cry different role from what we as an audience are most familiar with from Cavill recently, he is no stranger to the role of secret agent or action hero. He has starred in similar roles in such films as The Man From U.N.C.L.E and The Cold Light of Day. Though perhaps most famous for his role as the man of steel, Henry Cavill has shown himself to be nothing if not adaptable as an actor. His rendition of DC’s Superman was just the perfect opportunity for him to showcase this fact and while he has starred alongside other Hollywood action hero royalty before (in The Cold Light of Day where he starred opposite Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver) this will be his first appearance in a such an iconic action franchise that has had a longevity spanning over two decades.
As such his presence in the sixth installment definitely brings a modern edge to this action-packed film series. A series known for its outlandish stunts that Tom Cruise does himself and that Henry Cavill was chomping at the bit to emulate. In a recent interview in which he not only described his Mission Impossible character, August Walker who is the main antagonist of the film, as the “sledge hammer to Ethan’s scalpel”, he also explained quite vehemently that he straight up told Tom Cruise that he wanted to do everything in terms of stunts. That he wanted the chance to do everything he could physically do, which for anyone who has seen the movies in this franchise know, those possibilities are limitless. His hardcore enthusiasm for this role has shone through in all aspects, both physically and mentally.
For such a seemingly nice guy, Cavill really had to get into a completely different mindset for this role, his character is quite formidable, brutally so. In an interview with Digital Spy Henry said, “He is a blunt force trauma type attack. He kills everyone in the room and there are no questions or answers, there are no witnesses, there are no questions asked, and the job is done.” A surprising headspace to get into for a guy who has a dog named Kal-El in homage to his most infamous role thus far in his career. While he goes on to describe his character as ultimately being for humanity’s greater good his character will do anything to achieve this which will be in utter contrast with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character so get ready to see the sparks fly between these two.
This will probably be Henry Cavill’s greatest attribute that he will bring to this role and the film, the opposition he poses to the traditional hero’s way of thinking. While they are both working towards the same end goals, they each have different methods of doing so. This presents a real challenge for Ethan as it is one thing to stop a terrorist or criminal but it is something else to stop someone that is working towards the same greater good that you are. As such coming off his popularity for Superman, Cavill’s star continues to rise and he is the perfect casting choice for such potentially influential character and let’s face it ladies he’s not bad on the eyes either.