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Jesse Eisenberg cast as Lex Luthor in Superman-Batman movie

Now You See Me

Story by Jack Foley

JESSE Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s Superman-Batman movie.

The young actor, most famous for The Social Network and last year’s surprise summer box office smash Now You See Me, beat everyone from Bryan Cranston to Joaquin Phoenix to the role.

Announcing the casting news in a statement, Snyder said: “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940.

“What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman.

“Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

Eisenberg wasn’t the only casting news. Jeremy Irons has also been unveiled as Bruce Wayne’s trusted friend, ally and mentor Alfred in the movie.

Commenting on the significance of that role, Snyder described it as “an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman”.

He added: “It is an honuor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

Ben Affleck is already playing Batman in the film alongside Henry Cavill, who reprises his Man of Steel starring role as Superman.

Gal Gadot has also been cast as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Chris Terrio is writing the script from a screenplay by David S. Goyer.

The film is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016 with production due to commence in the spring in Detroit.

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