James Gunn Casts Nicholas Hoult as Superman Legacy’s Lex Luthor

He’s conversant in the hairless aesthetic.Picture: DC Comics/Warner Bros

With James Gunn’s latest announcement that Superman: Legacy was on monitor for its meant July 11, 2025 launch date, it’s not stunning that we’re getting extra casting information now that the strikes are over. Nicholas Hoult, not too long ago seen ripping limbs onscreen in Renfield—but additionally a earlier wearer of the bald look, in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Highway, will play Lex Luthor.

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Deadline broke the information, reporting that “a film star was at all times eyed for this position after Gunn chosen contemporary face David Corenswet within the title position, and Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane. The studio needed to undergo the casting course of after the SAG-AFTRA strike of touchdown an actor to play Luthor.”

Hoult’s casting as the enduring Superman villain comes not lengthy after a extra deep-cut character was introduced: María Gabriela de Faría as Angela “The Engineer” Spica, presumably one other villain although Gunn himself softened that characterization by noting “‘Villain’ is such a disparaging time period!” in a welcome submit for the actor on Instagram.

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