Kurt Russell Reacts To Jor-El Casting Rumors For Superman: Legacy

The casting news for “Superman: Legacy” kicked off in June 2023 when DC Studios found its Clark Kent and Lois Lane in David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan. Since then, writer-director James Gunn cast his frequent film collaborator Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern and “Barry” star Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho. “The Righteous Gemstones” star Skyler Gisnodo has also joined the cast as Lane’s Daily Planet sidekick, Jimmy Olsen. In addition, Gunn eyed Bradley Cooper to play Superman’s nemesis, Lex Luthor, before Nicholas Hoult was cast as the key DC supervillain.

If Kurt Russell gets the call to play Jor-El, he will have two big pairs of cinematic shoes to fill. In addition to Marlon Brando embodying the role in “Superman: The Movie,” Russell Crowe played Jor-El in Zack Snyder’s 2013 blockbuster, “Man of Steel,” which stars Henry Cavill in the title role.

Claiming he knows nothing of the rumors of his potential casting as Jor-El for “Superman: Legacy,” Russell did note for Comic Book how he’d like to see more of the character’s back story. On top of that, Russell appeared excited about the notion of working with Gunn again. “You know what — we don’t know a lot about Jor-El. Maybe there’s a version… I never heard this, so I don’t know,” Russell said while addressing the Jor-El rumor. “James Gunn was a blast to work with, though, so you never know.”

“Superman: Legacy” is scheduled for a July 11, 2025, release.

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