Over the weekend, a report surfaced about James Gunn’s Superman: Legacy and the shortlist of actors contending for roles in the superhero film. Two of the names on that list were Rachel Brosnahan, who is one of a few actresses vying for Lois Lane, and Nicholas Hoult who was said to be in the mix for Lex Luthor, along with other unnamed candidates.
There have now been updates on both, one more definitive than the other. The first finds Brosnahan sheepishly reacting to the casting rumor while appearing on The View. While she confirms nothing, and says to take it with “a grain of salt”, her body language does suggest that she knows more than she’s letting on…
Rachel Brosnahan reacting to the rumors of her being a front runner for Lois Lane.
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Brosnahan is believed to have moved to the testing phase alongside Emma Mackey (Barbie), Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton), and Samara Weaving (Scream VI).
Meanwhile, in THR’s coverage of Brosnahan’s response, they also mentioned that Hoult is “the only person in consideration for Superman’s archenemy Lex Luthor.”
Has Hoult already locked down the role of Superman’s greatest nemesis? There are conflicting reports out there that Hoult is also up for Clark Kent/Superman alongside apparent frontrunner David Corenswet. Maybe the studio had him test for both, just to cover their bases?
Superman: Legacy opens on July 11th 2025.