No Viggo Mortensen or Amanda Seyfried in Superman: The Man of Steel
03.23.11 by Ryan
Director Zack Snyder has only revealed a few casting decisions for his upcoming Superman: The Man of Steel, the first of which was the announcement that British actor Henry Cavill would play the title role. The other two confirmed cast members are Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, who will play Jonathan and Martha Kent, Superman's adoptive parents.
With no villain either announced or cast yet, rumors continue to persist over who will battle the last son of Krypton. Despite Snyder revealing that his Superman would not be linked to the previous Superman movies, a rumor that Kryptonian villain General Zod — originally portrayed by Terence Stamp in Superman and Superman II — would appear as the villain in the movie refuses to die. Snyder quickly debunked the reports by addressing them as "just a rumor" as long ago as last October, and then, a month later, stated that the Zod rumor was "just wrong". Despite Snyder's efforts, Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) was linked to the rumored role last month.
In a rather unrevealing interview with Latino Review, Snyder put an end to the Mortensen casting rumor.
Yeah Viggo is not going to be in the movie let’s say that right now. I can clear that up.
Note that Snyder did not (again) say that Zod would not be included in the movie (then again, we did say the interview was pretty unrevealing), so expect the Zod rumor, and that of his fellow Kryptonian cohort Ursa possibly appearing as a villain, to continue.
Also not joining the cast is Amanda Seyfried (Red Riding Hood), who told Australian site Adelaide Now that Superman was one of two Snyder projects that she missed out on.
I auditioned for a role in the new Superman and didn't get it. And I really wanted Emily Browning's role in Sucker Punch. I'd originally got that role and everything was in gear, but then I got the call from Big Love saying, "we need you this season, you can't do it."
The director, Zack Snyder, fought for me, and I even called the head of HBO because I thought I wasn't being used in Big Love in a way that was worth me losing out on Sucker Punch. At the time it didn't seem like there was anything better. Big Love wouldn't let me go so I cried a lot.
What role Seyfried was up for was not mentioned.
David Goyer wrote the script for Man of Steel, which Christopher Nolan is producing. Snyder revealed to Latino Review that Superman is currently "in pre-production" and will "probably start shooting at the end of the summer."