Russell Crowe cast as Superman's father in 'Man of Steel'
Variety is reporting that Crowe has signed on to play Superman's biological father in the franchise reboot "Man of Steel." Crowe reportedly beat out Sean Penn and Clive Owen for the role.
Jor-El was one of the film's last roles to cast, along Superman's biological mother who has not yet been cast. Henry Cavill is set to play Superman in the reboot, which Zack Snyder is directing.
Kevin Costner and Diane Lane will play Superman's adoptive parents. Also starring in the film are Amy Adams (Lois Lane) and Michael Shannon (Zod).
Marlon Brando famously took on the role of Jor-El in Richard Donner's "Superman" in 1978.
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