Director James Gunn confirmed Tuesday that rising US star David Corenswet will be the latest actor to don Superman’s famous red cape.
The 29-year-old, best known as the lead in the Netflix series “Hollywood,” will play the iconic role in Warner Bros.’ “Superman: Legacy,” which will be released in 2025.
Various Hollywood trade publications first reported the news, which also revealed that Rachel Brosnahan, star of the multiple Emmy-winning comedy “The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel,” is set to play Lois Lane.
“Accurate! (They are not only both incredible actors but also wonderful people),” wrote Gunn, retweeting the Hollywood Reporter’s article.
Given Superman’s popularity, the role is regarded as one of the most high-profile and scrutinised in Hollywood.
Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, and, most recently, Henry Cavill have all played Superman on the big screen.
Cavill, who has played Superman in films such as 2013’s “Man of Steel,” briefly reprised the role in the post-credits scene of last year’s “Black Adam.”
But last year, Warner – itself under new leadership after merging with Discovery – placed “Guardians of the Galaxy” director Gunn in charge of all movies tied to DC Comics superheroes, alongside “Aquaman” producer Peter Safran.
The duo was charged with revitalizing the DC films, which have lagged at the box office in comparison to the rival, record-grossing Marvel superhero films, and have endured a series of recent duds including “The Flash.”
They quickly signaled a new direction for the franchise, and have been busy recasting the role of Superman since.
Corenswet’s other credits include the Netflix series “The Politician,” the HBO drama “We Own This City,” and the horror flick “Pearl.”