'Temple Grandin' Star Julia Ormond Playing Mother to 'Man of Steel'

June 23, 2011
Source: Deadline

Julia Ormond

Last week we found out that Gladiator and Robin Hood star Russell Crowe had landed the role of Jor-El for Zack Snyder's take on DC Comics' iconic superhero with Man of Steel. While we still don't know if he'll be as bloated as Marlon Brando was when he took the fatherly role in the 70's, today brings news of who will play Superman's mother in the anticipated franchise reboot. Deadline has word that Julia Ormond, who was most recently seen in the Emmy winning TV movie Temple Grandin and the Sundance selected The Music Never Stopped, has snagged the role of the Big Blue Boy Scout's Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van.

This is quite a strange assembly of talent for this superhero flick to say the least. In addition to the aforementioned talent for Superman's alien parents, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will be playing Clark Kent's adopted father and mother. Combine that with Michael Shannon playing General Zod, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and a British actor as Superman, and this cast is just all over the place. However, I like this assembly of unique talents, and it shows that Warner Bros. isn't just looking for big names to make this reboot successful. After all, Ormond hasn't made very many big movies as of late, and this looks to be the most high profile project she's taken on in over a decade. However, I'm still holding out for Hugh Laurie to play Perry White. That would just be a dream.

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  • tir na nog
    Great cast,they can make it work,the only one I'm worried about is Zack snyder.
    • Nate
      I'm not worry about Zack Snyder, I think visually he's a great director. Just as long as he's not writing!!! With Nolan on board over seeing the project, this could be the Superman movie fans have been waiting for.
      • tir na nog
        Hope I'm wrong.
        • Last Son
          So do I
    • Last Son
      I totally agree. His films really seem to be lacking something.....oh yes Soul that's it. Sure 300 and Watchmen are entertaining but I could never watch them repeatedly. And what the hell was with Sucker Punch. Total Rubbish is what is was. Snyder has alot to prove here and I am so hoping that Nolan will be there kicking his ass into gear to make sure this film will turn out great.
  • Ron
    Hugh Laurie as Perry White?? Really? I can't picture it... I can however, definitely see him as Q in a Bond movie for sure! 
  • Kyle
    It's weird. This movie interests me less and less the more I hear about it. This should be appealing to me and usually I'm all over these types of movies, but this stirs nothing but boredom in me. All the leaked details of cast, plot, etc are all so blah to me :
  • Last Son
    Yes Hugh Lauire would be so great as Perry White. This cast is so awesome. All we need now is for Billy Zane to be cast as Lex Luthor.
    • Kaos_51
      Good call on Billy Zane as Lex Luthor!   I never thought of him but he has the chops for that type of villian. 
  • Anonymous
    I have loved her for as long as I can remember.....what a talent! She's French ya know!
  • I just hope all this solid casting isn't a build up to disappointment. Even though there are things I enjoyed about Superman Returns, I remember that feeling in the end: huge build up to a disappointing rendition. Snyder's issue has always been his visuals outdue the actor's presence on screen. I like Zack. I hope he brings his best with this film and creates characters we can truly care the first Donner Superman. If it takes him 30 takes per scene, then so be it.
  • sur@z
    Yhis is my concept design of how Henry Cavill may look like as superman-clarkent...check it out!




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