James Gunn's Superman: Legacy casts X-Men star as Lex Luthor

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Former X-Men star Nicholas Hoult has been cast in writer-director James Gunn's Superman: Legacy.

According to Deadline, Hoult will be joining the already-cast David Corenswet (who plays Superman) and Rachel Brosnahan (who plays Lois Lane) as the iconic DC villain Lex Luthor.

Hoult is perhaps best known for portraying Dr Hank McCoy / Beast in the X-Men universe, and also memorably played Tony Stonem in the first two series of the groundbreaking series Skins.

Earlier this year, Hoult was one of numerous actors who was reportedly in contention to play Superman before David Corenswet officially landed the part.

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In taking on the role of Lex Luthor, Hoult follows in the footsteps of Gene Hackman in the original Superman films and, most recently, Jesse Eisenberg in director Zack Snyder's Justice League universe.

The casting of Luthor comes only a few days after Gunn confirmed Deadly Class star María Gabriela De Faría was joining Superman: Legacy as Angela Spica, aka The Engineer — one of the characters from Wildstorm Comics who'll also be part of Gunn's The Authority movie.

Gunn recently spoke out to assure fans that his Superman movie would not be facing delays due to the strike, unlike many other superhero movies.

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The filmmaker wrote on social media: "Thanks to the efforts of our talented crew, who never lost faith during the longest strikes in Hollywood history, and who never let their foot off the pedal, continuing to barrel forward, creating the most amazing character and set designs I've seen in my entire career, #SupermanLegacy will be making the originally planned release date of July 11, 2025."

Prior to the strike, Gunn had indicated Superman: Legacy will not be an origin story but is still one of the first two official projects in his rebooted DC Universe (alongside Blue Beetle).

Superman: Legacy premieres in cinemas July 11, 2025.

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