Russell Crowe up for Jor-El in Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’

June 15, 2011 | 12:24 p.m.
crowe Russell Crowe up for Jor El in Zack Snyders Man of Steel

Russell Crowe (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times)

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe is in negotiations to play Jor-El in the new Superman film, “Man of Steel,” according to Variety.

superman gallery2 Russell Crowe up for Jor El in Zack Snyders Man of SteelMarlon Brando famously portrayed the doomed scientist father of baby Kal-El in director Richard Donner‘s 1978 big-screen “Superman,” in which Christopher Reeve wore the iconic red cape. Brando also got top billing in the film despite fleeting time on screen.

Henry Cavill will play Superman in the film, which is due in theaters next year. Zack Snyder is directing and Amy Adams will star as Lois Lane.

— Geoff Boucher

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