Now here’s a casting choice that we can all get behind – Laurence Fishburne has been cast as Perry White in Zack Snyder’s Superman pic Man of Steel. White, the grouchy editor of the Daily Planet where our hero’s alter ego works, has been a key element of the Superman stories and his casting has been the source of any number of rumours.
There’s a chance this could spark some debate about colour-blind casting – after all, everyone remembers the fuss about Michael Clarke Duncan playing The Kingpin in Daredevil, or even the more recent nonsensical complaints about Idris Elba in Thor. But one thing’s for sure: the man who was Morpheus more than has the gravitas to growl at Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) and Lois Lane (Amy Adams) when they don’t get their stories in on time.
Fishburne, who just left the job of leading the CSI crime team on US TV, joins a cast that already includes Cavill, Adams, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond, Harry Lennix and Antje Traue.
Thanks to seemingly endless bland set/location photo leaks, we know that work is already under way to prepare the movie to shoot in the autumn, ready for a June 2013 release date.
And talking of Zack Snyder, there’s a report today from Twitch that he might be planning to follow up the superhero story with a definite change of pace. It appears he’s taking back the directorial reins to Afghanistan war drama The Last Photograph.
Since Snyder and regular collaborator Kurt Johnstad wrote it, Photograph has attracted several directors (most recently Niels Arden Oplev) and has had Christian Bale and Sean Penn circling the lead roles. While there’s still no confirmed word on the casting, it looks like Snyder will be sitting down to direct the movie once he’s sent Supes out into the world…