“Superman: Legacy” Casting Rumor Roundup


Casting for “Superman: Legacy” is well underway, with rumors and reports listing a number of actors who have reportedly auditioned for lead roles in the upcoming film.

According to TheWrap.com, with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” now out in theaters, director James Gunn is turning his attention to casting the major roles for his Superman movie, with Nicholas Hoult, David Corenswet, Jacob Elordi, and Andrew Richardson all in the mix to play Clark Kent/Superman.

As for the role of Lois Lane, Rachel Brosnahan, Emma Mackey, and Samara Weaving all reportedly tried out for the part.

Interestingly, the role of Lex Luthor has allegedly been labeled “Apex” with Gunn open to casting black actors to play Superman’s arch nemesis.

The Hollywood Reporter claims Jacob Elordi never actually auditioned, but does add the names of Tom Brittney and Phoebe Dynevor into the mix. Also stating that Nicholas Hoult tested for Lex Luthor as well.

Whether all or some of these actors have auditioned or whether they’re just names that are possibilities, one source says that the studio is “nowhere near a decision” yet.

It should be noted that James Gunn himself took to Twitter to state that he would “never comment on who is or isn’t AUDITIONING for a role. That’s the actor’s business only & isn’t something I’d make public unless they did it first after the fact.”

He did add that only one role has been cast so far, but “it isn’t any of the regular players in the Superman world.”

“Superman: Legacy” is scheduled to be released July 11, 2025.

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May 14, 2023 8:09 pm

So Wolfgang Novogratz could still be auditioning for all we know. I hope he is, because he’s my first choice for a new Superman actor.

May 14, 2023 9:11 pm

Honestly, based on the pictures above, I just can’t see any of those guys being Superman. But movie-magic can do wonders. Initially, I couldn’t see Tyler Hoechlin as Superman either. However, I was pleasantly surprised. He’s been a fantastic Superman on “Superman and Lois.” – – So, let’s see how this all turns out.

May 15, 2023 2:43 pm

I felt the same way re: pics above (apart from Corenswet…I can really see a Clark/Superman in him) but then I Google searched them. Made a big difference.

And good point on Hoechlin. I didn’t see it either but he’s been great.

May 15, 2023 12:46 pm

Part of my age (mid-50s) is being even more out of touch with current popular culture than I was 20 or 30 years ago. (I missed the whole Enimem phenomenon because my kids were still toddlers, and I didn’t hear many hit songs from the 2000s until at least a decade later when the kids were old enough to play their own music.) So I couldn’t tell you which well-known actors in the 25-30 range would be right for Superman – my reaction to casting one of them would be the same as if Gunn picked an unknown.

May 15, 2023 2:45 pm

Only one actor cast so far….. Sean Gunn

May 15, 2023 3:51 pm

I can get behind Hoult as Luthor … the list for superman/ Lois seems uninspiring to be honest. If I had to choose from that bunch it would be samara weaving/Emma Mackey and David Corenswet. Saw him in Pearl and thought he played an old timey dapper guy quite well.

I don’t want Lois to be too young though otherwise we’ll have a Kate bosworth situation. I liked that they aged her up with Amy Adams (though she is far from my favorite lois) because it made it believable that they were seasoned and had been around a while.

May 16, 2023 1:10 pm
Reply to  sundevil82

For what they were trying to accomplish in SR, I though Bosworth did a pretty good job. I find with what’s going on today,,,,, to me,….I’m finding this a bit scary.