Legacy Cast Finds Their DCU Lex Luthor

James Gunn’s DC universe has found its Lex Luthor by adding a talented actor to the cast of Superman: Legacy.

According to Deadline, Gunn has chosen Renfield and The Menu star Nicholas Hoult to play the iconic Superman villain. Hoult was previously a candidate for the role of Clark Kent/Superman, which went to David Corenswet. This isn’t his first foray into superhero films, as he also played Beast in a series of X-Men films.

What is Superman: Legacy about?

“Superman: Legacy tells the story of Superman’s journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas,” reads the film’s official synopsis. “He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that considers kindness old-fashioned.”

The lead role in Superman: Legacy is played by David Corenswet (Pearl, The Politician), while Lois Lane will be played by The Marvelous Mrs. star. Maisel, Rachel Brosnahan. The film is scheduled to release on July 11, 2025.

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