jakub | June 27, 2023

David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan cast in ‘Superman: Legacy’

David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan have been cast in the lead roles in Superman: Legacy.

Directed by James Gunn, the film will launch DC’s new film universe, spearheaded by Gunn and his co-CEO of DC Studios, Peter Safran.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Corenswet and Brosnahan were selected from six actors who had screen tests earlier this month (June 17). The other actors in contention were Nicholas Hoult and Tom Brittney for Superman, while Emma Mackey and Phoebe Dynevor were also in the running for Lois.

Gunn later confirmed the casting on Twitter, writing: “Accurate! (They are not only both incredible actors, but also wonderful people).”

Corenswet most recently starred as the projectionist in the 2022 slasher film Pearl, with his previous credits including Ryan Murphy projects The Politician and Hollywood. He also starred in the HBO miniseries We Own This City.

James Gunn
James Gunn at the premiere for ‘The Flash’. CREDIT: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Brosnahan is best known for playing the lead role in Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which landed her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series. The series came to an end after five seasons in May this year.

Superman: Legacy will be written and directed by Gunn, who previously described the film as being about the character’s heritage. On Twitter, he wrote: “Less than a year ago I saw a way in, in many ways centering around Superman’s heritage – how both his aristocratic Kryptonian parents and his Kansas farmer parents inform who he is and the choices he makes.”

Clark Kent and Lois Lane were last played by Henry Cavill and Amy Adams respectively, who first portrayed the characters in Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man Of Steel. This was followed by Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, 2017’s Justice League and Snyder’s recut version of Justice League in 2021.

Superman: Legacy is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2025.

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