After almost a decade of unlucky breaks, Henry Cavill’s career is about to soar to new heights: The British actor has officially landed the coveted role as the Man of Steel in the upcoming Superman movie reboot.

Cavill, a former public schoolboy, will star in the sixth instalment of the Hollywood franchise, reports the Telegraph.

In 2004, he screen-tested for the lead in ‘Superman Returns’ but the producers chose Brandon Routh.

He was also considered for Bale’s role in Batman Begins and for James Bond before Daniel Craig landed the part.

This led the Empire Magazine to dub him as ‘the most unlucky man in Hollywood’.

Snyder described Cavill as “the perfect choice to don the cape and shield.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cavill beat out fellow Brit Matthew Goode, “White Collar” star Matthew Bomer, “True Blood” actor Joe Manganiello and “The Social Network’s” Armie Hammer for the part of Clark Kent’s alter ego.

The new Superman movie is expected to fly into theaters in December 2012.

He’s 27.

What do you think of Cavill’s casting?

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After almost a decade of unlucky breaks, Henry Cavill's career is about to soar to new heights: The British actor has officially landed the coveted role as the Man of Steel in the upcoming Superman movie reboot. Cavill, a former public schoolboy, will star in the sixth instalment of the...