The Man of Steel star was set to make the movie his first credit as a producer, after teaming up with his brother, Charlie, to develop the project through their Promethean Productions company.

However, executives at GFM Films, which is financing the project, announced on Thursday (28May15) that Cavill has departed the film as he couldn't agree with writers on the script.

A statement from GFM Films bosses reads: "It is with great regret that we announce that Henry Cavill has pulled out of Stratton due to creative differences on the script of the movie. With production due to commence next week, we wish to keep the production team together and Simon West as director so are working now to replace Henry. Production will be delayed whilst we do this. Further announcements will be made in due course."

Stratton is based on Duncan Falcone's eight-novel series, and will feature Cavill as an intelligence operative in Northern Ireland.

Production was scheduled to begin on 2 June (15) in London and Rome.