Daniel Day-Lewis & Viggo Mortensen Wanted for 'Superman' Roles?
Hopefully this doesn't become a trend after the recent talk of Kevin Costner taking a role in Superman: The Man of Steel came to light, but a couple more names have apparently popped up on Warner Bros. radar as potential cast additions to Zack Snyder's comic book adaptation. Keep in mind that these actors aren't even in talks and their potential involvement should be taken with a grain of salt at this point. First up, Heat Vision reports Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) is to play villain General Zod in the flick, while Moviehole seems to have heard that Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) is desired for an unspecified role.
Of course, it's important to note that Mortensen is still in negotiations to take the lead male role in Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman, and if that deal is finalized, it will likely take him out of the running for this new take on Superman unless the studios can work out a schedule for him to do both projects. However, at this point it's not necessarily clear that Mortensen would be playing General Zod. The villain has only been rumored to be in the script, and nothing has been confirmed on that front yet. While the thought is certainly provoking, Mortensen is just one of several names in the running, though he's certainly one of the top contenders.
Meanwhile, with Daniel Day-Lewis, the role that Warner Bros. would like him to take is unknown, though I wouldn't be surprised if it was also for the same villainous role that Mortensen is being courted for as well. Either that or the General Zod rumor could be true and Day-Lewis could be up for playing Non, one of the three intergalactic criminals who took on the Man of Steel in Superman II. That would make sense considering we've also heard that the role Alice Eve, Rosamund Pike and Diane Kruger are in contention just might be the villainous vixen Ursa, another one of the notorious criminals. Considering the actor has never had any interest in taking a part in blockbusters, I'd be willing to bet he won't be joining the project.
Of course these are just two big rumors for the time being and until we hear any official information about the villains or casting, everything is just speculation and hearsay. Hopefully we'll hear something soon as director Zack Snyder is not only meeting with actors for the supporting male characters, but also the filmmaker is meeting with prospective actresses for one of three key female roles as well. Stay tuned as more news on Superman: The Man of Steel arrives.