Bill Skarsgård has accumulated an impressive acting career even at the young age of 33. During his career, he has worked on horror films, smaller cult favorite TV series, superhero flicks, and, of course, the return of one of the scariest villains in pop culture (Pennywise). Next, we will see him in the lead role of the vampire in Robert Eggers’ upcoming gothic horror film, Nosferatu.
He certainly has evolved into the It clown and a John Wick supervillain with this exceptional ‘villainous’ resume, but Eggers claims Skarsgård reaches new heights as the vampire at the heart of Nosferatu.
Considering how adept the actor is at playing villainous roles, this set off a chain reaction of debate among fans over James Gunn’s recent choice to cast Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor in his next superhero movie. It is undeniable that Skarsgård would have been a better fit for the role. Don’t you agree?
Did James Gunn Make a Mistake By Casting Nicholas Hoult Over Bill Skarsgård As Lex Luthor?
We just learned that Nicholas Hoult has been cast by James Gunn to play Lex Luthor in Superman: Legacy, as per Deadline. With the first DC film, Gunn is prepared to revitalize the Superman franchise. He claimed he already has a lot of splendid options for Clark Kent, despite receiving negative feedback for replacing Henry Cavill’s place as the iconic character.
As a result, the search for potential actors for the other roles in Superman: Legacy is also intensifying. For instance, the film’s most influential character outside of Superman is Lex Luthor, the antagonist. As mentioned earlier, he seems to have found his antagonist in Hoult, who portrayed the mutant Hank McCoy in the 2011 superhero movie X-Men: First Class.
Nonetheless, did Gunn mishandle Lex Luthor by casting the Mad Max: Fury Road actor over Bill Skarsgård, who is soon to play the lead in Nosferatu? Robert Eggers, the director, told Empire that Skarsgård’s portrayal of the bloodsucking force is unrecognizable.
“I’ll say that Bill has so transformed, I’m fearful that he might not get the credit that he deserves because he’s just…he’s not there. He felt like honoring who had come before him. It’s all very subtle. But I think the main thing is that he’s even more a folk vampire.”
When it comes to the requirements for a notable portrayal of Lex Luthor, Skarsgård meets them all. He is a perfect fit because of his chameleon-like ability to fit into a variety of roles and his strong presence.
Fans Claim That Bill Skarsgård Physically ‘Bodies Every Villain He Plays’
Bill Skarsgård‘s ability to hold the attention of the audience and give the supervillain a fresh perspective would have made any movie better and inspired greater enthusiasm and curiosity. As a result of the Nosferatu director’s admiration for the actor, fans have been heaping praise on Skarsgård:
One person shared:
He actually bodies every villain he plays. Like I think he’s really just made for those roles. Penny-wise, Roman, and now Count Orlok
— Mimi 🇵🇸 (@Jungshook3th) November 20, 2023
Othe went on to say:
that is why he is one of the best actors around
— (@thfcalbon) November 20, 2023
One fan was quick to mention:
That doesn’t surprise me. He was phenomenal in It and Barbarian. He could be one of this generation’s best.
— ReelTalker (@TalkerReel92) November 20, 2023
Another fan praised the actor, writing:
He’s surprised me as an actor. I’m excited to see how far he’ll go in Horror.
— 👩🏾💻✍🏾 (@itslexdawriter) November 20, 2023
He was born to play villains.
— Busra ⎕ (@frailstatee) November 20, 2023
Considering his formidable presence and track record of portraying sinister and mysterious characters, Skarsgård might have been the best choice to bring the legendary supervillain to life. The question of whether James Gunn erred in casting Lex Luthor cannot be ignored as fans eagerly await the film’s release. It remains to be seen if fans will be pleased with the casting selection or if it will make them wish for a different take on this legendary role.
Superman: Legacy will debut in 2025, and Nosferatu will hit theaters in 2024.