Nicholas Hoult (The Great, X-Men: First Class) has officially been cast as one of the most iconic DC villains of all time in James Gunn’s DCU movie Superman: Legacy – none other than Lex Luthor himself, Superman’s arch-nemesis.
Hoult will star alongside David Corenswet’s Superman in the Superman reboot for the newly revised DC Universe over at Warner Bros. Pictures, helmed by MCU legend James Gunn and Peter Safran.
Nicholas Hoult’s DCU Casting Details
Deadline broke the news Monday that Gunn has found his actor to play the legendary villain, a report they state that has come from “several sources”.
It had been widely shared during the film’s protagonist casting process that Hoult was eyeing up the role of the titular red-caped man of steel, one that slipped through his fingers and landed on Corenswet’s lap instead.
It’s likely that Gunn will officially respond to the news fairly shortly, as has been the casting reveal process for most roles in the DC Universe so far.
Hoult’s Lex Luthor won’t be the only villain in the movie, and it’s currently unclear how vital his role will be as it’s fairly safe to assume that he will be planned to appear throughout various instalments of the DCU.
Additional cast members include Rachel Brosnahan who will star as Clark Kent aka Superman’s famous love interest and DC journalist Lois Lane.
Isabela Merced, who also stars in Sony-Marvel’s Madame Web movie, will be playing Hawkgirl in Superman: Legacy – alongside Nathan Fillion who stars as Hal Jordan aka a Green Lantern.
Barry star Anthony Carrigan will star as the DC character Metamorpho, with another villain known as The Engineer set to be played by María Gabriela De Faría.
Superman: Legacy comes to theatres worldwide on July 11, 2025.