News

Jesse Eisenberg to be Lex Luthor

Jesse Eisenberg to be Lex Luthor

Jesse Eisenberg poses for a portrait at Quaker Good Energy Lodge with GenArt and the Collective , during the Sundance Film Festival, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Photo: Associated Press/Victoria Will

Actor Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Superman archenemy Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel.

Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong and Joaquin Phoenix had previously been reported to be in the running for the villainous role, but director Zack Snyder has surprised fans by announcing The Social Network star has nabbed the coveted part.

A statement from Snyder reads, “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain.

“He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Irons has also joined the all-star line-up – he is set to play Batman’s butler and mentor Alfred, a character most recently portrayed on the big screen by Sir Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy.

Snyder adds, “(This character is) an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious facade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne (whose alter ego is Batman).”

Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the sequel, while Ben Affleck has signed on to play Batman and Fast & Furious actress Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman. The highly-anticipated blockbuster is set to hit theatres in 2016.

Recent Headlines

31 minutes ago in Entertainment

Amy Poehler and Will Arnett officially file for divorce

Fresh
poehler

Though they've been separated since 2012, we're sad to see one of Hollywood's funniest couples split.

38 minutes ago in Music

Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard goes on trial in DC

Fresh
washington

The singer's bodyguard is on trial on assault charges, a case that will be a preview for the musician's own trial.

1 hour ago in Entertainment

‘Hobbit’ star found guilty in drug case

Fresh
mikaelbran

Actor Mikael Persbrandt has been sentenced to five months in jail for buying cocaine.

1 hour ago in Music, Viral Videos

Watch Taylor Swift’s video blog of bridal shower surprise

Fresh
taylor

The superstar documented her surprise appearance at an Ohio bride's celebration.

today in Music

No cooling down for the hot ‘Frozen’ soundtrack

Updated
Frozen Anna Olaf

The soundtrack for Disney's animated film continues to dominate the Billboard music charts.