Russell Crowe to Man of Steel

Marlon Brando as Jor-El in Superman (1978).

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It looks like Russell Crowe will be filling the role made famous by Marlon Brando as Jor-El in the Superman reboot, Superman: The Man of Steel.  He’s in negotiations with Warner Bros. to play the part in the movie that’s to be directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan.

Crowe joins an A-list cast that includes Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Michael Shannon with Henry Cavill playing Superman.  Production is to begin next month and this was one of the last roles to be cast while another big name is being looked for to play Superman’s biological mother.

Others rumored for the role were Sean Penn and Clive Owen of which I can picture neither.

Brando who played the role in the 1978 Richard Donner classic was 54 when he shipped off his famous fictitious son while Crowe is 47.