Leading names emerge in the Superman: Legacy casting process

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Don’t expect an official announcement just yet, but a few key names have bubbled to the surface for the next Superman.

We heard the other week that James Gunn got his script for Superman: Legacy written just before the WGA ordered its writers to down tools ahead of what will likely be a long strike action. With a script in place, pre-production on the project can press ahead and that means casting. As the first film in James Gunn’s new DC Universe, the actor playing Superman could well be the cornerstone for everything that follows, so the casting for this one is crucial.

A few rumoured names have cropped up, with several outlets reporting on the process.

According to The Hollywood ReporterDavid Corenswet is in the lead to play the Man of Steel and Clark Kent, his mild-mannered alter-ego. Whilst not quite an unknown, Corensweet hasn’t yet took the lead in any feature films, with his most prominent movie role being a supporting performance in Ti West’s Pearl which released this year in the UK.

Whilst it looks like Gunn is set to follow the tradition of casting low-profile actors for the Superman role, there are some more recognisable names said to be in the mix for the film’s other parts. Nicholas Hoult is said to be the frontrunner to play Lex Luthor whilst Sex Education’s Emma Mackey, Bridgerton actress Phoebe Dynevor and Ready Or Not's Samara Weaving are reportedly all in the mix to play Lois Lane.

Whether these names prove to be accurate remains to be seen but the outlet claims that Corenswet is headed to screen and costume tests next. Should they go well, we may have an announcement sometime this summer. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

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