As Superman casting rumors go, this one falls somewhere between that one about Kristen Stewart and, I don’t know, that one about Lindsay Lohan. Which end of that spectrum it falls closest to is anybody’s guess: Deadline reports there’s “heightened interest” in Kevin Costner for a “key role” in Warner Bros.’ upcoming franchise reboot.
That’s right, the star of such hits as Dances With Wolves and JFK, and of such disasters as Waterworld and The Postman, has apparently caught the eye of director Zack Snyder. For what role, though? Jonathan Kent to Henry Cavill’s Clark? Jor-El for a flashback to the sentencing of the (rumored) Phantom Zone villains? Perry White, gruff editor of the Daily Planet? Nah, probably not that last one.
Of course, there’s nothing saying Costner has to be a good guy. Might he be considered for General Zod, the role made famous by Terence Stamp? Okay, that’s not very likely, either, but it’s kind of funny to imagine. If the rumor is true, safe money is on Costner to play Pa Kent.
The Superman reboot, which is expected to begin filming in June, is written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan. Charles Rovan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder also are producing. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are executive producers. It’s set for a December 2012 release.