Russell Crowe to Play Superman’s Father in ‘Man of Steel’

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Russell Crowe has joined the cast of the Christopher Nolan-produced and Zack Snyder helmed Superman reboot Man of Steel and will play Jor-El, the father of Superman, a role played by Marlon Brando in the 1978 feature film and Terrence Stamp in the “Smallville” television series.

Bryan Singer opted to use archival footage of Brando for Superman Returns in 2006, but Variety‘s Justin Kroll reports it has always been Nolan’s intention to cast an A-list actor for the part, which is a definition I’d say Crowe certainly fits.

Crowe joins Henry Cavill (“The Tudors”) who will play Superman/Clark Kent in the character’s reintroduction to the big screen. Additional previous casting includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Superman’s Earth father Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as his Earth mother Martha and Michael Shannon will play the film’s main villain, General Zod, alongside Antje Traue (Pandorum) as the villainous Faora.

You could also join the cast as a casting call has gone out for men, women and children in Illinois to participate in the shoot with auditions in Chicago, Naperville and Plano as production is set to start next month for a December 2012 release.