With production set to roll on Warner Brothers next Superman film Man Of Steel next month, director Zach Snyder is firming up the casting of the few remaining roles in the film. One of those roles is that of Jor-El, Superman’s Kryptonian father, which Snyder has apparently offered to Russell Crowe.
Variety is reporting that Crowe is currently in discussions with the studio to appear in the film, reportedly having beaten out the likes of Sean Penn and Clive Owen for the role. Although the film has been described as not an origin story, it looks like we will have some look at Superman’s early days.
If a deal can be reached, Crowe will join a cast that already features Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Ma and Pa Kent.
Famously, Jor-El was played by Marlon Brando in Richard Donner’s classic 1978 Superman: The Movie. While I’m not sure that Crowe has reached the same iconic status that Brando had when he played the character, he is still a good choice for the role and can definitely lend it an air of gravitas.