Film will shoot this summer…

‘Con Air and ‘The Expendables 2’ director Simon West has signed on to take the helm of ‘Stratton,’ the upcoming special forces thriller that has Henry Cavill attached to star.

Based on the eight-novel series by Duncan Falconer, the film sees ‘Man of Steel’ star Cavill playing John Stratton, an SBS operative tracking down an international terrorist cell through Central Asia, mainland Europe and London.

“I’ve long wanted to tell a story about the British Special Forces and finally the opportunity has come around. Duncan Falconer’s work is fantastic and we are incredibly fortunate to be working with him so closely. We plan to convert the books to cinema as accurately as possible while keeping them topical. Simon West is a perfect match for this movie with his ability to marry story telling and action, both of which are essential to do this project justice,” said Cavill in a statement.

West added, “I have been looking for an opportunity to establish a new UK based action character for some time and Stratton fits the bill perfectly. The greatest challenge was always going to be who can play a character like that and bring depth and realism. I have followed Henry Cavill’s work for while now and I cannot imagine a better actor to take on this role. Henry is the reason this project is now possible.”

Production on the action thriller kicks off in the UK and Italy this summer.