The Revolutionary Road star will play General Zod opposite British hunk Henry Cavill as the young superhero - and director Zack Snyder is delighted with the casting.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Zod is not only one of Superman's most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don't. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role."
Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will star as Superman's parents, while Amy Adams has accepted the role of Lois Lane in Superman: Man Of Steel, which is set for a 2012 release.
Even though recent reports stated that Metallo and Lois Lane's militant father would be the villains in Warner Bros. anticipated Superman reboot, it's now official: General Zod will make his triumphant return to theaters in December 2012 as Michael Shannon has been cast as the fan favorite character today. He takes over the role from Terence Stamp, who played the Kryptonian baddie in the 1978 original and its 1981 sequel, and joins Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in the new production, which is set to begin this summer.
Zack Snyder is directing Superman: The Man of Steel for the studio while Christopher Nolan acts as producer/creative godfather to the new franchise, joined by his partner/wife Emma Thomas, Charles Roven (who worked with Nolan on his billion dollar Batman franchise) and Snyder's wife/partner Deborah. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips of Legendary Pictures will executive produce. David S. Goyer wrote the screenplay based on his and Nolan's story.
The plan is to shoot this summer, though there's still more casting to get done. We need to know who will play second-tier characters like Jimmy Olsen and Perry White from The Daily Planet as well as who will appear as Ursa and Non, Zod's right-hand man and left-hand woman (both gave the Last Son of Krypton one hell of a battle in Superman II). While those characters may or may not be in the script, one thing is for sure: Snyder and co. have hired perhaps the perfect actor to play Zod. Shannon has a tremendous presence on screen, as anyone who's seen his work in Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire or Take Shelter (his most recent film credit which Sony Pictures Classics will release sometime this year) can attest to. He should prove to be a formidable foe for The Man of Steel as well as a great on-set collaborator for Cavill.
Multiple reports suggest the movie star is no longer attached to Snow White & The Huntsman and is now free to play a villain in Zack Snyder's new Superman film, opposite Henry Cavill.
News broke that Amy Adams had landed the coveted role of Superman’s girlfriend Lois Lane in the film over the weekend (27Mar11), while Diane Lane and Kevin Costner have already been confirmed as the Man of Steel's earthbound parents Martha and Jonathan Kent.
The Fighter star learned she would be putting on her reporter's hat on Sunday (27Mar11) after receiving the good news from director Zack Snyder.
The filmmaker admits it was no easy task casting the highly-coveted part - but he knew Adams was the one from the moment he saw her.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "There was a big, giant search for Lois. For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.”
The actress is the latest big name to join Snyder's new project - Kevin Costner and Diane Lane were recently confirmed to play Superman's parents.
Though Zack Snyder's new film Sucker Punch failed to connect with moviegoers on the level that Warner Bros. had hoped, his next film is looking better and better with each new casting announcement. First the wonderful British thesp Henry Cavill came aboard to star as Clark Kent/Superman, followed by the hiring of Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as his all-American Kansas parents Martha and Jonathan Kent. Now, the question of who will play his lovely leading lady has been answered.
The LA Times' Hero Complex just announced that Amy Adams (The Fighter, Enchanted) will take on the iconic role of Lois Lane, the superhero's longtime love interest and partner in delivering truth and justice to the people of Metropolis through their mutual place of employment, The Daily Planet. Though her exact prominence in the film, which is likely a reboot of the Man of Steel's entire cinematic legacy, is currently unknown, director Snyder called the part “a linchpin” to the project and believes that Lane should possess the contemporary appeal and spirit of the modern American woman.
“It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes. That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone and substance],” said the filmmaker, who should begin shooting the picture sooner than later as we move faster than a speeding bullet toward its December 2012 release date.
It sounds like Snyder understands that behind every great man, even a Superman, is a great woman (he should know, as his wife Deborah is also his producing partner) and that spirit of team play and co-existence should be in tact in his film. I think that Adams is a wonderful actress, having been a fan of her work as far back as her brief appearance in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can. Though she often plays doe-eyed, sweet and innocent characters (like in 2005's Junebug and the fore mentioned Enchanted and Catch Me If You Can) she's also proved that she can be tough as nails thanks to her Oscar nominated turn in The Fighter. While I would've gone with someone who looks a bit more like the classic interpretation of Lois (usually a feisty brunette like Teri Hatcher or Margot Kidder) I have no doubt in my mind that she'll be able to pull off the fast-talking career gal routine with style and grace.
Source: The LA Times
Now that director Zack Snyder has locked in British actor Henry Cavill as the titular "Man of Steel", as well as Diane Lane and Kevin Costner for Ma and Pa Kent in Legendary Pictures' upcoming Superman reboot, all that remains is to find a suitable villain. And according to the little bird that's always talking to Deadline, Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon could be a top pick for the role.
With a terrific season of Empire now under his belt, and a number of memorable smaller roles in well-reviewed movies like Revolutionary Road, it's about time that Shannon get some big studio money for all his hard work. Plus, his face is certainly oddly-shaped enough to convey some serious malevolence -- in the right light.
Still, while rumors point to the possibility that he could be stepping into the shoes of Kryptonian villain 'General Zod', Shannon is obviously only one of several actors being considered for the undisclosed role. As always, we'll let you know when we hear more.
British actor Henry Cavill is preparing to play the young superhero, while Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will star as Superman's parents.
Recent rumours suggested Mortensen was in line to play villain General Zod, but Snyder insists he has no plans to cast the actor in next year's (12) Superman: Man Of Steel film.
He tells Latino Review, "Viggo is not going to be in the movie, let's say that right now. I can clear that up."
The Bodyguard actor was rumoured to be taking on the role of Clark Kent's father opposite new Man Of Steel, Henry Cavill.
And now Snyder, who is taking on next year's (12) Superman: Man Of Steel film, has revealed Costner has agreed to the project.
He tells Total Film, "Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman.
"Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest superhero of all time."
Diane Lane will play Superman's mother, Martha Kent, who adopts the young hero when he lands on Earth in a rocket.
The age-old debate over fate vs. free will has been and always will be a tough theme to crack in any medium but with the benefits of modern filmmaking technology the theory can be explored in ways that Philip K. Dick never imagined. However when one relies too heavily on spectacle to tell a story a piece of cerebral science fiction can quickly become just another action extravaganza. In this day and age there’s a fine line between the two; The Matrix walked that tightrope with style and grace while Next never found its footing in the first place. Fortunately the precious work of novelist Dick has for the most part been treated with respect by Hollywood (the aforementioned Nic Cage dud notwithstanding) but that doesn’t necessarily mean movies based on his stories are completely faithful to his vision.
Case in point: George Nolfi’s directorial debut The Adjustment Bureau an adaptation of Dick’s short story “Adjustment Team.” The film stars Matt Damon as David Norris a successful businessman and rising political candidate who after a chance encounter with the girl of his dreams (Emily Blunt) loses a crucial election. He happens to run into her on a Manhattan bus the following week before finding his office swarming with masked men who are “adjusting” everyone inside. Richardson (John Slattery) the man in charge captures Norris who unsuccessfully flees the scene after seeing behind “a curtain he wasn’t even supposed to know existed” as the enigmatic figure puts it. From that point on Norris must live with the knowledge that he (and we for that matter) is not in control of his own life. Rather the choices he makes fit perfectly into “The Plan” that’s been written by “the Chairman”.
In relation to my earlier statement I have to say that Nolfi’s picture looks stunning but his natural urban aesthetic doesn’t overpower the story. Sleek contemporary production design and elegant costumes characterize the high-concept story and the wraithlike agents who shape our destinies. Topically we’re dealing with some heavy material but Nolfi and editor Jay Rabinowitz move the action along at a brisk pace that keeps you engaged and entertained without having to try. The film is properly proportioned as a chase thriller romantic adventure and sci-fi fantasy and thankfully no component overshadows another.
Setting the film in the world of politics and big business helps make its larger-than-life revelations a bit more accessible (as do appearances from Michael Bloomberg Jon Stewart and Chuck Scarborough) while providing sub-text about the corruption involved in elections and campaigns (there are conspicuous shades of The Manchurian Candidate in the movie) but the writer-director often tries too hard for broad appeal. For a film with existential implications as severe as they are here the dialogue is at times hokey and superficial. Dick’s source material is far more abstract and Nolfi for the sake of commercial success panders to the palette of soccer moms and mallrats.
What’s worse is his unwarranted exposition of the Bureau a shadowy organization whose major allure is anonymity. Some secrets are best kept and less can be so much more when crafting a mysterious atmosphere; Nolfi reaches that level of magnetic curiosity but squanders it as he reveals the truth about the Bureau and its grand scheme. On the other hand he brushes over the technical lingo between agents Harry Mitchell (Anthony Mackie) McCrady (Anthony Ruivivar) and others without explanation perhaps hoping that the ambiguous terminology will fool you into thinking that his script is smarter than it really is.
Even though Nolfi’s allegorical conclusions are uncomfortably ham-fisted the chemistry between Damon and Blunt alone is enough to enchant you; this is one highly watchable cinematic pairing that should be revisited as soon as possible. Their innocent relationship blossoms organically and together they make it seem as natural on screen as it is for their star-crossed characters. Even if you have a hard time believing in higher powers or manipulative Orwellian forces you’ll have faith in David and Elise’s fated relationship one of the most captivating couplings I’ve seen on the big-screen in some time.
The actress has been cast in the role of Martha Kent, who adopts the young superhero, to be played by Henry Cavill, after he lands on Earth in a rocket from the planet Krypton.
Last month (Feb11), it was reported that director Zack Snyder had recruited Kevin Costner to star as Superman's dad, Jonathan.
Superman: Man of Steel is expected to be released next year (12).