Casting News: Ayelet Zurer Replaces Julia Ormond in Man of Steel; Michael Fassbender Is RoboCop?
09.26.11 by Ryan
In June, we and every other movie site reported that Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall) was joining the upcoming Superman franchise reboot, Man of Steel, as Lara Lor-Van, Superman's biological mother. Turns out we were all wrong.
Deadline reports that Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons) has been cast instead, with no reason for why Ormond is no longer in the the part. Zurer is reportedly shooting her part in the movie this week.
Zurer joins a cast that includes Henry Cavill in the title role and Lor-Van's son Kal-El, a.k.a. Clark Kent, a.k.a. Superman; Russell Crowe as Lor-Van's husband, Jor-El; Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Superman's adoptive parents Jonathan and Martha Kent, respectively; Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet Editor-in-Chief Perry White; Amy Adams as Lois Lane; Michael Shannon as Zod; and Antje Traue as Faora. Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Sucker Punch) is directing Man of Steel, which is scheduled for release on June 14, 2013.
Fans of 1987's RoboCop
have to be at least cautiously optimistic with the idea of a new version of the re-purposed police officer (can't be worse than 1993's Robocop 3
, or, at least, let's hope).
Original Robocop director Paul Verhoeven will not return for the Robocop remake, which will instead be helmed by Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad). With Padilha doing press tours for Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within, a new casting rumor has arrived online, joining the one that pegged Chris Pine (Star Trek) as the "studio's top choice" for the lead role. The latest rumor has MIchael Fassbender in the lead role, something Padilha tried to clear up while talking to The Playlist.
I did this interview for the Dutch media, because Verhoeven is Dutch, and I was doing them for Elite Squad which is opening there, and I’m being interviewed by these guys and they said, "so who is going to be RoboCop?" I said I don’t know, and after the guy asked the same question like ten times, I said, "there’s so many great new actors in American films, like Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, and so on." And all of a sudden I’ve called Fassbender out, but we haven’t even discussed this film. But it’s true — he’s a great actor. But they’re all great actors. So it’s from one sentence in one interview with a Dutch guy.
Of course, the casting rumor may also have been derived from other interviews, including one that Bleeding Cool found on Brazillian TV channel Globo 1 where Padilha again mentioned Fassbender.
I can’t talk yet, it’s too early to speak, but there are some actors I like. I really like the Fassbender, I’d like to talk to him — I’ll talk to him. There’s a possibility… and there’s a lot of other great actors that would play Robocop. But that’s the idea, to film around January, February, March.
So, Michael Fassbender should be expecting a call from Padilha soon, as the director is intending to travel to Los Angeles and bring a revised script with him for the studio so they can start talking casting. While there's no guarantee that Fassbender will make the movie (or will even be available), it sure seems like he'll at least be contacted, as Padilha is confident he'll know about casting soon. During his The Playlist interview, the director said that scheduling with actors was "difficult" but that he would "know in ten days" about certain casting decisions.
Fassbender would be a great choice for the role, should Padilha be able to convince him, amidst the rumors that he's already in the role. Padilha has said that his Robocop won't repeat Verhoeven's "political tone" and will instead concentrate on the main character and what it is like to change from a man to a robot and deal with questions like, "what does it mean to lose your free will?" Sounds like a movie Robocop fans can get behind.