Nicholas Hoult to play Lex Luthor in Superman Legacy

Venezuelan actress María Gabriela de Faría has also been cast in the film

Nicholas Hoult, at one stage said to be up for the title role of Superman himself, has been cast as the villainous Lex Luthor in writer-director James Gunn’s Superman Legacy, according to Deadline.

Venezuelan actress María Gabriela de Faría has also been cast in the film, starring David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan as Clark and Lois, respectively, as villain The Engineer.


Screen tests for James Gunn’s Superman Legacy took place at Warner Bros in Burbank over the weekend of June 17, with everyone from Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), newcomer David Corenswet, and Rachel Brosnahan said to be among those testing for the key roles.

According to THR, in an article published earlier today, Gunn paired up some of the actors and showed assembled cuts of the screen cuts to studio bosses, including David Zaslav.

Nicholas Hoult and Rachel Brosnahan were paired; Tom Brittney and Phoebe Dynevor; and David Corenswet and Emma Mackey.

Skarsgard brothers Bill (It, John Wick Chapter 4) and Alexander (“True Blood”, Infinity Pool) reportedly tested for the role of Lex Luthor, while unnamed actors tested for members of superhero group The Authority.

Now, according to oft-reliable Twitter insider My Time to Shine Hello, those that most impressed were Corenswet and Mackey, as well as the younger Skarsgard (though The Hot Mic’s Jeff Sneider hears otherwise – that could simply mean one of those candidates, for instance Skarsgard, didn’t get the part he was going for but the others did).

Gunn hopes to have Superman: Legacy before cameras in early 2024, in time for a July 11, 2025, release. T

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