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Three Actresses Up For Female Lead In Superman, But It Isn’t Lois

by  in Comic News, Movie News Comment

Following rumors earlier in the week that at least seven actresses, including Rachel McAdams, Mila Kunis and Olivia Wilde, are being considered for the female lead in the new Superman movie, a new list of contenders has emerged for the role — which apparently isn’t that of Lois Lane.

Variety reports that Alice Eve, Diane Kruger and Rosamund Pike are the finalists to star opposite Henry Cavill in director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Warner Bros. franchise.

The trade paper is specific in saying that although the character’s identity hasn’t been disclosed, it’s not the tough-as-nails journalist, who’s been the Man of Steel’s primary love interest over the past seven decades. The news is reminiscent of the revelation in August that Gwen Stacy, not Mary Jane Watson, would be the object of Peter Parker’s affections in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot.

However, in the case of the Superman movie, Lois Lane looms so large in the Man of Steel’s history — in comics, radio, television and film — that it’s a little more difficult to imagine alternative female leads.

The most obvious choice may be childhood sweetheart Lana Lang, who played a central in Superman III and on Smallville. Beyond that, though, the options are slim. Mermaid Lori Lemaris? Highly unlikely. Daily Planet gossip columnist Cat Grant? Perhaps, as she was briefly romantically involved with Clark Kent in the comics (she’s blonde, too, like the three actresses). Smallville‘s Chloe Sullivan? Nah.

Eve, best known as the star of She’s Out of My League, at one point was in negotiations to play Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class — a role also linked to Die Another Day Bond girl Pike, who also appeared in Surrogates and An Education. Kruger, known more recently for Inglourious Basterds, is no stranger to big-budget blockbusters, having starred opposite Nicolas Cage in National Treasure franchise.

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.