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Superman - Spacey, Bosworth, Laurie and Marsden

Story by: Jack Foley

BEYOND The Sea co-stars, Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth, are to be reunited on-screen once again for the new Superman movie.

Spacey has apparently agreed to play Superman's nemesis, Lex Luthor, while Bosworth is in final talks to play Clarke Kent's love-interest, Lois Lane.

The news was announced in trade magazines on Friday, January 7, 2005, and appeared on the Empire Online website.

Bosworth apparently beat off competition from the likes of Claire Danes, Selma Blair and Linda Cardellini to win the coveted role, and is in advanced negotiations to play the feisty reporter.

While Spacey looks certain to be appear as the mischievous Luthor, stepping into the shoes made famous by a certain Gene Hackman in Christopher Reeve's Superman movies.

Yet while Spacey's involvement is sure to please fans (given he has already proven adept at playing the villain in films such as Se7en and The Usual Suspects), Bosworth's inclusion has yet to win widespread support.

She has hitherto made a good impression in lightweight rom-com, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton, and in Wonderland, but ironically failed to properly convince as Sandra Dee, opposite Spacey's Bobby Dee in Beyond The Sea.

News and rumours continue to surround the Superman movie which, it is hoped, will emerge as a box office super-force once again - just as Batman is hoping to this year.

What is known - and worth getting excited about - is that former X-Men helmer, Bryan Singer, is directing (and he last worked with Spacey on The Usual Suspects), and relative unknown, Brand Routh, is appearing as Clarke Kent, aka Superman.

The choice of the 25-year-old unknown echoes the deicision to cast the late Christopher Reeve in the original Superman movie, given that he was also an unknown at the time.

He does have a number of television credits to his name, including One Life to Live, Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace and Cold Case, and recently completeed his first feature role in the upcoming film Deadly, starring opposite Laura Prepon.

Further new additions to the cast include Hugh Laurie, as Perry White, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet (in a role previously played by Jackie Cooper in the original), and former X-Men star, James Marsden, in the new role of Lois Lane's love-interest, Richard White.

Marsden's involvement is the latest coup for Superman over the X-Men franchise, given that the actor is best-known for his role in that franchise, as Cyclops.

It remains to be seen what will become of the X-Men franchise, although, for now, Superman seems to be flying high.

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