‘Superman: Legacy’: Nicholas Hoult Lands Lex Luthor Role In DCU Film

Nicholas Hoult seems to be up for every major franchise project rigth now. In the case of Superman: Legacy, he was a contender to land the Clark Kent role that ultimately went to David Corenswet. But Hoult was also up to play the movie’s villain and Superman’s archnemesis, Lex Luthor. And, well, Hoult might want to get his barber on the line.

Deadline reports that Hoult is in talks to play Lex Luthor in Superman: Legacy. He would be beating out Skarsgard brothers Bill and Alexander who were both reportedly up for the role. The Lex Luthor character has been played previously on the big screen most famously by Gene Hackman, but also by Kevin Spacey, and Jesse Eisenberg.

Hoult joins a large cast that includes Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nathan Fillion as the Guy Gardner version of Green Lantern, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, and Maria Gabriela De Faria as The Authority villain The Engineer.

According to writer/director James Gunn, the recent strikes haven’t slowed down Superman: Legacy which is still set for a July 11th 2025 release. When it hits theaters, it’ll put Hoult in rare territory as an actor with major roles for Marvel and DC. For years he played Hank McCoy aka Beast in Fox’s X-Men movies.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.