Jesse Eisenberg will star as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Jim Lee / DC Entertainment; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)Link
Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Brian Bolland / DC Entertainment; Ethan Miller / Getty Images)Link
Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Ethan Van Sciver / DC Entertainment; Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)Link
Actress and model Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Alex Ross / DC Entertainment; Handout)Link
Henry Cavill as Superman in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)Link
Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto will star in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel, an as-yet-untitled Superman/Batman film.
All three actors will play characters newly created for the film, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Thursday.
The trio joins a cast that includes Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, as well as Jesse Eisenberg as the villainous Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth. (Click through the gallery above for a peek at some of the casting decisions so far.)
Snyder has not released details for the newly created characters, but praised the actors.
“Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses,” he said of the Oscar-winning actress in a press release. “She has immense talent and is always captivating on screen. I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script, I made sure to create a role specifically for her.”
Australian actor Mulvey, who also appeared in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Rush,” portrayed Scyllias in last month’s “300: Rise of an Empire,” co-written and produced by Snyder, who praised his “incredible talent.”
Okamoto appeared opposite Hugh Jackman in last year’s “The Wolverine,” playing Mariko Yashida, Wolverine’s love interest.
“Quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress,” Snyder said. “I’m really excited to have her joining us on this adventure.”
The film, due in theaters on May 6, 2016, also stars several “Man of Steel” alumni, including Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
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