Jesse Eisenberg & Jeremy Irons Join Cast Of MAN OF STEEL 2

eisenbergToday Warner Bros. officially announced that Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me) has been cast as Superman’s archnemesis Lex Luthor in the as yet untitled sequel to Man of Steel.

Says director Zack Snyder on the character of Lex Luthor:

“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.”

ironsFurthermore, a major supporting character has been cast in the form of Alfred Pennyworth. He will be played by Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, Law & Order: SVU).

Snyder continues:

“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He 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 façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

I know that Eisenberg may seem like an odd choice for Lex, but I’m willing to give him a chance, just as I am with any actor who has the chops. Remember: it’s Lex’s intellect and silver tongue that make him a threat, not his physical appearance.

Man of Steel 2 also stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. It opens in theaters May 6, 2016.

Source: Business Wire

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