Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Henry Cavill has signed on to star in and produce the action-thriller Stratton, with Simon West (The Expendables 2) coming aboard to direct. The story is based on the first in a series of eight novels written by Duncan Falconer, a former operative in the Special Boat Services (SBS). The story follows Henry Cavill's title character and his team, who "risk life, limb and national security to track down an international terrorist cell." Here's what Henry Cavill had to say about the project in a statement.

"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!"

Director Simon West had this to say in his statement regarding Stratton.

"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."

Ileen Maisel and Lawrence Elman's Amber Entertainment initially optioned and developed the novel. They will co-produce with Henry Cavill and his Promethean Productions partners Charlie Cavill and Rex Glensy. GFM Films is providing the financing and handle worldwide sales. Production is scheduled to begin in the U.K. and Italy this summer. Before he takes flight as Superman in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Henry Cavill will next be seen in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Armie Hammer, which hits theaters August 14.