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“He would absolutely CRUSH this”: 1 Lex Luthor Actor Supports Nicholas Hoult Casting in Superman: Legacy

Nicholas Hoult's involvement in Superman: Legacy is just in talks, but the former Lex Luthor actor is already excited to see him taking on the character.

"He would absolutely CRUSH this": 1 Lex Luthor Actor Supports Nicholas Hoult Casting in Superman: Legacy


  • The upcoming superhero movie "Superman: Legacy" by James Gunn is set to release in 2025.
  • The film will feature a new Superman, played by David Corenswet, and Lois Lane, played by Rachel Brosnahan.
  • The casting change is due to the introduction of a younger version of Superman in the DC Universe.

The highly anticipated superhero movie by James Gunn, Superman: Legacy, is all set to hit the theatres in 2025. This time, fans will see a new Superman. It was announced on June 27 that David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan will play Superman and Lois Lane, respectively.

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Superman: Legacy

The introduction of the DC Universe, which will have a younger version of Superman is the reason behind the casting change. This left Henry Cavill’s version out of this new section. So, as the movie’s release date is coming sooner, further info is also getting revealed.

The fresh news following the movie is that James Gunn’s Superman flick has found its Lex Luthor, too. And the actor who is in talks to play the character is Nicholas Hoult.

Also read: “They tried to fool the whole world by saying Henry was back”: James Gunn Allegedly Never Wanted Henry Cavill in DCU, Admits He Ignored Man of Steel 2 to Write Superman Legacy 

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Nicholas Hoult is in Talks to Play Lex Luthor in Superman: Legacy

Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor
Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor

James Gunn chose Nicholas Hoult to portray Lex Luthor—the powerful and bald-headed archenemy of Superman—in the upcoming Superman film. However, the point is that no deal is done regarding the casting. Only it is in the talks since the strike.

If this deal goes through, Nicholas Hoult will join the growing list of actors transitioning from the MCU to the DCU—taking on the villain role. His previous role was as Beast in the X-Men series.

These days, Hoult has a lot on his plate, with roles in Clint Eastwood’s legal thriller Juror #2, voicing Jon in the animated film Garfield, and featuring in Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu. 


Also read: “DC can’t even make a Superman franchise without rebooting”: Marvel Fans from Fox, Disney, and Sony Unitedly Troll James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy Following Henry Cavill’s Exit

Lex Luthor Alumnus Cheers for Nicholas Hoult in Superman: Legacy

Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor
Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor

It seems like Nicholas Hoult is ready to join the dark side. As the Tolkien actor is now considered for the character of Lex Luthor in the highly anticipated Superman: Legacy. His involvement is just in talks, but the former Lex Luthor actor is excited to see him taking on the character.

Cryer had previously played Lenny Luthor, Lex Luthor’s nephew, in the 1987 film Superman IV: The Quest for Peace starring Christopher Reeve. He then played Lex Luthor in Supergirl and other Arrowverse series. The actor reposted an X post of The Hollywood Reporter and wrote that Hoult “would absolutely crush this [the character of Lex Luthor].”

Hoult’s potential involvement in the Superman movie will surely introduce an intriguing twist to the superhero narrative. Lex Luthor, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster debuted in 1940. Known for his intelligence, wealth, and lack of superhuman abilities, Luthor relies on his scientific and technological chops in confronting the Man of Steel.

Also read: “James Gunn is the wrong man for the project”: DC Fans Demand Gunn’s Firing after He Claims Superman: Legacy Not About Young Man of Steel Despite Kicking Out Henry Cavill

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