FilmEdge doubts that will be his line in the upcoming film, but Variety reports that producer Christopher Nolan has targeted ROBIN HOOD actor Russell Crowe to play Jor-El, the Kryptonian father of Superman, in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming re-reboot of the superhero franchise MAN OF STEEL. Australian Crowe seems like a good fit for the larger-than-life character in the Superman mythology, drawing in his history of cerebral dramas and action films ranging from A BEAUTIFUL MIND to GLADIATOR.
Though the trade outlet reports that Crowe is currently in negotiations for the role, apparently those are mere technicalities preventing Crowe from being a lock as Kal-El’s distant dad with production on the film to begin sometime in July. Marlon Brando brought marquee value to the role in Richard Donner’s 1978 genre-defining hit SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. His brief-yet-lucrative performance cast a long shadow in Supe’s cinematic legacy, even reprising his role posthumously in Bryan Singer’s attempted reboot SUPERMAN RETURNS in 2006.
British actor Henry Cavill (THE TUDORS, IMMORTALS) has already been cast in the lead role of Clark Kent/Superman, opposite Amy Adams as Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane. While Variety states that Nolan and Snyder still seek an A-list actress to play Superman’s biological mother Lara, Kal-El’s adoptive human parents are scheduled to be Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as a slightly younger Jonathan and Martha Kent raising the foundling alien in the idyllic midwest locale of Smallville.
David S. Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT) penned the script produced by Nolan for Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures. MAN OF STEEL is scheduled to swoop into theaters December 2012.