Sources at The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Warner Bros., producer Christopher Nolan and director Zach Snyder are considering Viggo Mortensen for the role of iconic Superman villain General Zod in the upcoming reboot.
While nothing is permanent and Mortensen has yet to comment on the rumor, the casting choice would be a boon for a production currently fraught with script, casting, and other serious production issues. Securing the Lord of the Rings actor would definitely help to bolster Snyder’s rep with Warner Bros. after the lackluster performance of 2009’s Watchmen and the recent disastrous screenings of Sucker Punch.
Mortensen is currently in negotiations for Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman but if that deal doesn’t close, WB may find an opening to secure him for the new hero film intended to wash away the bad taste left by 2006’s Superman Returns. However, if Universal lands Mortensen, then Warner Bros. will need to seriously negotiate to try and schedule the actor for both roles. It would also be of note that Mortensen would make a wonderful contrast to the soft, youthful features of British actor Henry Cavill who is currently gearing up to portray the Man of Steel.
Mortensen, who normally portrays the part of the hero, has on several occasions relied upon his incredible presence and chiseled features to portray the villain or anti-hero, notable entrants including A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. For a perfect example of Mortensen at his villainous best, check out 1995’s The Prophecy in which he delivers a chilling and black humored portrayal of Lucifer.
Stay tuned to THEMOVIEPOOL for the latest regarding WB’s casting for Superman and any updates on Viggo Mortensen joining the cast.