After more than three weeks of rumors, Heat Vision reports that Kevin Costner has closed the deal to play Jonathan Kent in director Zack Snyder's Superman reboot. He joins a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, “the only mother Clark Kent has ever known,” in the movie, thought to be called Man of Steel.
Like Lane, Costner is a Hollywood veteran, having starred in such films as Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, JFK and, yes, Waterworld. He also won an Academy Award for his directorial debut on Dances with Wolves.
“Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman," Snyder said in a statement. "Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”
The role of Superman's adoptive father was famously portrayed in 1978′s Superman: The Movie by Glenn Ford.
With Costner now confirmed as Pa Kent, it remains to be seen whether the other big casting rumor -- Viggo Mortensen as Phantom Zone criminal General Zod -- pans out. As Deadline suggests, that may hinge on whether the actor lands a starring role in Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman.
The new Superman movie 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. Filming is expected to begin in June for a December 2012 release.
Update: Here's the official Warner Bros. press release:
KEVIN COSTNER CAST AS JONATHAN KENT IN WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ AND LEGENDARY PICTURES’ UPCOMING SUPERMAN MOVIE
BURBANK, CA, March 17, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Kevin Costner will play Jonathan Kent, the father who raised Clark Kent as his own son, in the new Superman movie to be directed by Zack Snyder.
Snyder stated, “Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”
Costner will star alongside Diane Lane, who plays his wife, Martha, and the film’s star, Henry Cavill, who will play the new Clark Kent/Superman.
Costner most recently starred in 2010’s “The Company Men,” and is currently in development on the comedy “The One.” He has won two Academy Awards®, for producing and directing the epic “Dances with Wolves,” also garnering a nomination for Best Actor. He has also starred in a wide range of memorable films, including “The Untouchables,” “No Way Out,” “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams,” “JFK,” “The Bodyguard,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Tin Cup” and “Swing Vote,” to name a few.
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
The new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.