Deadline reports that Superman: Legacy writer-director James Gunn has found his Lex Luthor in Nicholas Hoult. Multiple sources close to the project have confirmed Hoult’s involvement, but nothing has been confirmed by Gunn as of press time.
Hoult follows David Corenswet (Pearl) and Emmy-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan (Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. As part of what appears to be a continuing tradition of Superman films, Lex will be played by a more established actor alongside a fresher-faced Superman, as Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey have done in the past.
The outlet reports that Warner Bros. wanted to go through the casting process after the SAG-AFTRA strike to recruit an actor to play Luther. Hoult is no stranger to blockbusters or superhero films after playing Beast in the X-Men prequel films and starring in Mad Max: Fury Road. In recent years, the actor has gained his own fame, even winning an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama for Hulu’s The Great.
This Superman movie will also help usher in Gunn and Peter Safran’s long-term plan for his new DC Universe and will include Hawkgirl, Mr. Terrific and Guy Gardner.
Superman: Legacy is scheduled to release worldwide on July 11, 2025.
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