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IT WILL go down like a dose of kryptonite at the Daily Planet but a British actor is being sought to don the famous blue tights in a film revival of America's greatest superhero.
The makers of a £100 million film of Superman have rejected Hollywood's leading men and turned to Britain in the search for an unknown actor to play one of the great American icons. Casting agents working on the blockbuster The Death of Superman, the first project in a new three-film franchise, have auditioned 40 British drama students and young actors in recent weeks in the hunt for the new Man of Steel.
The decision to cast an unknown dashes the hopes of some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Keanu Reeves, Josh Hartnett, Ben Affleck and Nicolas Cage. With less than four months before filming is scheduled at Pinewood Studios, Brett Ratner, the director, has abandoned plans to cast a high-profile star for fear of compromising the superhero's own character. Instead, casting agents have been despatched to London, Sydney and New York to screen test aspiring young actors.
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