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Ryan Elliott
06-15-2011, 11:08 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Whether paying homage to Marlon Brando's cameo in "Superman" or just wanting splashy marquee name, Christopher Nolan had all along been seeking an A-list thesp for Jor-El, Superman's biological father, since agreeing to godfather the franchise reboot "Man of Steel" for Warner Bros.

He's got his man, and it's Russell Crowe.

The mercurial Aussie is in negotiations to take the role in "Man of Steel," which Zack Snyder is on board to direct. Brit thesp Henry Cavill set to play Superman. Warner Bros. had no comment on Crowe's casting.

Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Michael Shannon have already joined the cast. David Goyer penned the script and developed the story with Nolan who, as is his way, has kept plot details under wraps.

Charles Roven will produce along with Emma Thomas, Nolan and Deborah Snyder.

With production set to start next month, Jor-El was one of the last roles to cast, though they also are looking for a big name to play Superman's biological mother.

Brando was 54 when he appeared in Richard Donner's 1978 classic; Crowe is 47. Other names that had gone out for the role included Sean Penn and Clive Owen, Crowe was the final choice.

Crowe is currently filming "The Man With the Iron Fists" for Universal.

He is repped by WME.

Contact Justin Kroll at justin.kroll@variety.com

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Stupendous Man
06-15-2011, 11:09 AM
Love Russel Crowe. Awesome

Roman Noodles
06-15-2011, 11:10 AM
If nothing else, this is definitely a cast with some serious pedigree (sans the lead, but that's okay.)

Ryan Elliott
06-15-2011, 11:13 AM
THR snippet:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/russell-crowe-eyes-superman-movie-202034

Foolish Mortal
06-15-2011, 11:15 AM
Ha! Drunken Jor-El should be awesome. :D

bachman
06-15-2011, 11:28 AM
:(

Wait, Sean Penn was in the running? Oh, ok. I'm fine with Crowe.

Ray G.
06-15-2011, 11:29 AM
Not bad at all. He's an amazing actor when he's on his game.

Mwstattel
06-15-2011, 11:45 AM
Cool. Looks like I can continue not caring about Crowe or Superman.

Ashwin Pande
06-15-2011, 11:45 AM
I hope he talks in the Australian accent so we can presume everyone on Krypton had an Australian accent.

Roman Noodles
06-15-2011, 11:47 AM
I hope he talks in the Australian accent so we can presume everyone on Krypton had an Australian accent.


That would be awesome.

BriRedfern
06-15-2011, 11:49 AM
He'll surely need one of these:
http://www.instant-gifts.co.uk/bmz_cache/5/5f8574e67f3facb43eb25b5f1c48666d.image.167x240.jpg

KirbyKrackle
06-15-2011, 12:04 PM
Jor-el fighting round the world.

Andreas
06-15-2011, 12:08 PM
The Russell Crowe of Gladiator would simply have beaten up his dissenting colleagues from the Science Council and then Krypton would have been evacuated, but pronto. :no:

BriRedfern
06-15-2011, 12:23 PM
By that reasoning Marlon Brando would have just made them an offer they couldn't refuse.

Neat fact, in NJ there was a guy that went to my LCS that had Jor-el's entire monologue from Superman tattooed on his arm. In Kryptonian. :crazy:

Artie Pink
06-15-2011, 12:28 PM
I hope he instills the values of yelling at minimum wage clerks into young Kal. And ranting about his uncircumcized dong.

Ryudo
06-15-2011, 12:30 PM
I hope he instills the values of yelling at minimum wage clerks into young Kal. And ranting about his uncircumcized dong.

He can teach his son to poorly hide his accent.

Spidey616
06-15-2011, 01:04 PM
Glad they chose to cast an actor as opposed to reusing old Marlon Brando footage ;)

Kurt Russell Crowe
06-15-2011, 01:31 PM
kryptonians must not circumcise, the anti-semitic fucks.