Henry Cavill teases ‘secret project’. And super sleuths say it has something to do with Mass Effect

Ed Nightingale February 25, 2021
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He’s already brought Superman and The Witcher’s Geralt to our screens, but could Henry Cavill be involved in a new Mass Effect project?

In an Instagram post shared on Wednesday (24 February), Cavill wrote” “Secret project? Or just a handful of paper with random words on it… Guess you’ll have to wait and see. Happy hump day all. #HumpDay #Secrets.”

In the image some blurred paperwork or even a script can be seen, but it’s impossible to clearly see the words.


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Gaming site GamePressure used a programme called Focus Magic to remove the blur and uncover the secrets. They discovered words like: Cerberus, Reaper, Geth and Tali’Zorah.

Sound familiar? These are all key names in Bioware’s Mass Effect universe. 

IGN have since run the same programme, with the same results. They also noted the text appears to be from the Mass Effect wiki page.

Back in 2010, Legendary Pictures acquired the film rights to the Mass Effect franchise, with the producers behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man set to be involved. Since then more rumours have circulated, but nothing confirmed.

Perhaps, then, this is a hint that Cavill could be starring in a film or TV show based on the franchise. Cavill is fast becoming the TV world’s resident nerd, following his starring role in Netflix’s The Witcher series. He’s also a keen gamer, as an Instagram post showing him building his own PC can attest to.

Fans have speculated Cavill would play the original trilogy’s protagonist Commander Shepherd. However, considering the player created character can be male or female in the game, Cavill’s casting would sideline fans of FemShep.

After the lukewarm reception to the most recent game, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Bioware are soon to release The Mass Effect Legendary Edition – a remaster of the original, critically acclaimed, trilogy. A new game in the series is also in the works.

Bioware have also stopped production on Anthem in order to focus on their Mass Effect and Dragon Age games. Anthem was critically panned on its release in 2019 and failed to reach an audience.

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