Director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) is well underway with shooting on his new, Christopher Nolan-produced Superman flick Man of Steel, so a new casting tidbit is comes as something of a surprise. For reasons unknown, Julie Ormond (Curious Case of Benjamin Button), originally cast as Superman a.k.a. Kal-El’s Kryptonian mother, has been dropped in favor of Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer.
Zurer hasn’t blown up here in the states, but she’s made a splash with big name directors like Steven Spielberg (she played Eric Bana’s wife in Munich and Ron Howard (co-starring alongside Tom Hanks in Angels & Demons). Now she’ll be cozying up to Russell Crowe, who has been cast as Supes’ alien dad Jor-El. Zurer certainly has a penchant for snagging notable leading men.
While Ormond in the role would have assured a quality performance (I’m guessing scheduling conflicts were the reason behind the change-up), fans should be happy to see a rising star like Zurer take on the role. If it all goes well, it could mean more work for the actress in the future—hopefully on Earth this time.