In some of the important new castings post-SAG-AFTRA strike, Superman: Legacy has discovered its Lex Luthor, with Nicholas Hoult in talks to star because the basic villain. No deal is completed, however talks have been within the works since earlier than the strike.
Warner Bros. had no remark.
James Gunn is writing and directing Superman: Legacy, the primary characteristic from his and Peter Safran’s new DC Studios universe. David Corenswet will star as Clark Kent/Superman, whereas Rachel Brosnahan is taking part in Lois Lane, with the duo touchdown the roles in June after a prolonged casting search.
Holt was lengthy in rivalry for the function of Luthor but additionally put his hat within the ring to play Superman and was one of many finalists for that function.
Luthor debuted in 1940’s Motion Comics No. 23, created by Superman duo Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Gene Hackman performed Luthor reverse Christopher Reeves in Superman (1978), whereas Kevin Spacey squared off in opposition to Brandon Routh’s iteration of the character in Superman Returns (2006). Extra not too long ago, Jesse Eisenberg performed a model of the character reinvented within the vein of a sneakers-wearing tech CEO in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice (2016).
Hoult beforehand performed the Marvel/X-Males character Beast within the sequence of movies launched from 2011 to 2019. The busy actor’s relationship with Warners dates again to Mad Max: Fury Highway (2015), and his latest credit embody final 12 months’s The Menu and the Common monster pic Renfield, launched earlier this 12 months. He was additionally among the many stars of Hulu’s interval drama The Nice, for which he earned an Emmy nomination in 2022.
Hoult is repped by UTA and supervisor 42.