Kevin Spacey will return as Lex Luthor in Superman: Man of Steel and appear in Telstar, Nick Moran’s film version of Moran and James Hicks’ 2005 darkly comic West End play about flamboyant ’60s record mogul Joe Meek.
Variety says that “Superman” director Bryan Singer met with Spacey in New York while the latter was appearing on Broadway in Eugene O’Neill’s recently wrapped “Moon for the Misbegotten.” Singer was about to pitch his “Man of Steel” sequel to Warner Bros.; Superman Returns screenwriter Michael Dougherty is now writing the screenplay.
After Singer completes Valkyrie and The Mayor of Castro Street, he plans to start production on “Man of Steel” next year for a 2009 release.
Spacey hopes to shoot his Luthor role in a six-week block, as he did on Superman Returns, after he completes his run in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow in April.
This week, Spacey joined the cast of Telstar, which started filming Monday in London. Meek is the gay, tone deaf songwriter-producer who produced hits including “Have I the Right,” “Just Like Eddie,” “Johnny, Remember Me” and the instrumental “Telstar.” Con O’Neill reprises his stage role as Meek; Spacey plays his financier, Major Banks.