'Man of Steel' Star Henry Cavill Scales 'The Great Wall'

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Henry Cavill: Able to leap the Great Wall of China in a single bound?

The soon-to-be Superman has signed on for his first post-superhero role as he's joined the cast of director Edward Zwick's historical drama, "The Great Wall," according to Variety.

Details on the project are being kept under wraps, but the basic story, conceived by Legendary Pictures honcho Thomas Tull and "World War Z" author Max Brooks, looks at the mystery behind how one of the largest wonders of the world was constructed.

Edward Zwick should feel right at home with this film as he's certainly no stranger to period pieces, having previously called the shots on large-scale action extravaganzas such as "Glory," "The Last Samurai," "Legends of the Fall" and "Defiance." After taking a breather with the Jake Gyllenhaal-Anne Hathaway sex comedy, "Love and Other Drugs," it looks like he's ready to go back into the past.

As for Henry Cavill, he's set to become an international superstar as he prepares to make his bow as Superman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," opening June 14, 2013. He recently appeared as the sword-swinging Theseus in Tarsem Singh's "Immortals" and will next be seen opposite Bruce Willis in "The Cold Light of Day," opening April 6.

No start date has been announced for "The Great Wall," but as Cavill will soon be wrapping up production on "Man of Steel," we expect construction will commence sometime this summer.