James Gunn responds to new Superman movie casting rumours

James Gunn has responded to new rumours that a casting announcement for the upcoming Superman film are close.

An article published by The Hollywood Reporter claimed that DC were beginning their search for the next Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor in Superman: Legacy, the kickstarter for Gunn’s and Peter Safran’s new DC universe.

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Gunn, who is currently promoting Marvel entry Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, addressed the report, stating that only one role for Superman: Legacy has been filled: “For all of you asking, I would never comment on who is or isn’t AUDITIONING for a role,” he wrote on Twitter.

“That’s the actor’s business only & isn’t something I’d make public unless they did it first after the fact (like @GlennHowerton or @ZacharyLevi having auditioned for Star-Lord & being top choices). For now, only one person has been CAST in Superman: Legacy, and it isn’t any of the regular players in the Superman world.”

The report claims that the current favourite for the role of the hero was David Corenswet, with Tom Brittney and Andrew Richardson being some of the British names considered for the role. Sex Education star Emma Mackey is purportedly a leading contender for the part of journalist Lois, whilst Nicholas Hoult is being earmarked as the villainous Lex.

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Gunn recently provided an update for Superman: Legacy, stating that the film will begin shooting in January. He previously took a photo of the completed script for the project, revealing that the film was in pre-production last month.

“I'm honoured to be a part of the legacy. And what better day than #SupermanAnniversary Day to dive fully into early pre-production on #SupermanLegacy. Costumes, production design, and more now up and running,” he wrote.

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