Diane Lane has signed on to play Martha Kent in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman movie. Lane will star alongside headliner Henry Cavill in the untitled Warner Bros. project.
Warner Bros. Pictures said on a recent Wednesday that the actress, officially on board the film as Martha “Ma” Kent, is set as “the only mother Clark Kent has ever known.” In addition, Snyder said in a statement:
This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.”
Diane Lane is an actress with great talent. Most of you probably bear in minds her recent creation in Secretariat, but in 2008, she was Mary Rice in Doug Liman’s Jumper, the role similar in kind to a new one, playing the mother to a child who had super powers. Besides, Lane earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in the 2002 drama Unfaithful and next stars in the HBO feature “Cinema Verite,” opposite Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini.
THR reports both Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent) and Viggo Mortensen (General Zod) are circling roles in the picture. None of the actors has fully locked yet, and it seems like Mortensen will definitely sign a deal to play the Huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman that will keep him plenty busy during the filming of Superman.
It’s been further more reported that Alice Eve, Diane Kruger, and Rosamund Pike are “on the shortlist for a lead female role, later rumored to be Kryptonian villainess Ursa.” As a matter of fact the role in question is not Lois Lane, despite that she will appear in the flick.
To be mentioned, the movie is slated for a December 2012 release, and produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder. The script is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are executive producers.
I hope you agree Warner Bros. is making great casting choices thus far.