More than ten years ago, when the Twilight craze was starting to take over the world, Henry Cavill was Stephenie Meyer’s first choice for the role of Edward Cullen in the film adaptation. Although for some it is difficult to imagine a role other than that of Robert Pattisonthe author wrote the following on her blog:
“The most disappointing thing for me is losing my perfect Edward. Henry Cavill is now 24 years old. Leave us a moment of silence in which to mourn… ”.
Henry Cavill was supposed to be Edward Cullen in Twilight
The first Twilight film was released in 2008. According to Variety, Meyer already had a potential lineup of actors in mind when the first film was in development. However, many of her best choices had already aged for her roles. A Cavill then 24 would have been too old to play an immortal high schooler.
A similar situation occurred with Interview with the Vampire. Although she was not the direct inspiration for the character, Anne Rice said that when she imagined Lestat, she resembled a young Rutger Hauer. Unfortunately for those who didn’t appreciate Tom Cruise’s performance, such as Rice, Hauer was too old to play the part when they shot the film.
Of course, the interesting thing about Cavill losing the role due to his age is that high schoolers in movies and TV series are usually played by people well outside of high school age. Take The End of the F *** ing World for example, whose two seasons are available on Netflix. Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden play two characters who, at the start of the series, are both 17 years old. In real life, Lawther was 22 and Barden was 25 when they made the first season.
During a recent interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Cavill revealed that he had no idea that Meyer considered him the “perfect Edward”. While admitting that playing the character would have been “strong,” he feels no rivalry with Patterson. Below you can read the exact words of the actor:
“Not at all, because I didn’t know about the film. I didn’t know they wanted to hire me and the internet was not yet the tool it is today, so I only discovered it later. I thought: ‘Oh ok, that would have been nice’ ”.
In an interview on the Graham Norton Show, Cavill said he believes losing important parts is never a bad thing. Cavill also said that having the opportunity to be in the spotlight by losing the big roles isn’t bad and that he counts his lucky stars for each one. In addition to Edward, Cavill has lost several notable roles, including James Bond, Cedric Diggory (also played by Patterson) and, curiously, Superman for two different projects.
Of course, times have changed for Cavill. Not only has he finally managed to play Superman, but after a period of uncertainty he will continue to do so. He also got to play Geralt of Rivia for a while in Netflix’s The Witcher. Cavill also played Sherlock Holmes in Enola Holmes, the sequel to be released on Netflix this Friday.