James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy has found its Lex Luthor. After the conclusion of the SAG-AFTRA strike, the casting process for the film is in full swing.
According to a Deadline report, Nicholas Hoult is set to play the iconic villain Lex Luthor in the much anticipated Superman reboot.
Hoult will join the ranks of actors such as Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, and Jesse Eisenberg, who have previously portrayed Lex Luthor in Superman films.
However, there have been no official words from Warner Bros or DC Studios in this regard at this point. It has been reported that no official has been finalized yet.
Nicholas Hoult’s connection with Superman: Legacy is not new. He was previously being eyed for the role of Superman, but David Corenswet was ultimately selected for the role.
Hoult Is Not New To The Superhero Genre
Nicholas Hoult is an established actor. He has experience in the superhero genre, having previously portrayed Beast in the X-Men films from 2011 to 2019. His filmography also includes notable roles in productions such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Renfield, The Menu, The Great, and Skins.
James Gunn is both writing and directing Superman: Legacy, the first film in the rebooted DC Studios universe co-created by Gunn and Peter Safran. Clark Kent/Superman will be portrayed by David Corenswet, and Lois Lane will be played by Rachel Brosnahan. The casting of Corenswet and Brosnahan was finalized in June this year following an extensive search.
According to Gunn, in Superman: Legacy, we’ll see Clark in the early stages of his career as the Man of Steel. In this version of the DC Universe, superheroes are already established, and the film skips the origin story. Superman: Legacy will essentially be set in the character’s second year, akin to how Matt Reeves portrayed Bruce Wayne in The Batman.
Superman: Legacy will storm into theaters on July 11, 2025.