Henry Cavill has been cast as Clark Kent and Superman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming take on the superhero. You may remember that the producers were looking for an actor near 30 to play the part; Cavill is 27, and recently appeared in Whatever Works, Stardust, and on Showtime’s The Tudors as Charles Brandon.

“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen,” Snyder said. “I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and ‘S’ shield.”

Superman: Man of Steel is expected to hit theaters December 2012, but you’ll first be able to see Cavill in the lead role as Theseus in Tarsem Singh’s Immortals from Universal on November 11, 2011. That film, as it turns out, may actually be my most anticipated of 2011.