Rising US star David Corenswet will become the latest actor to don Superman’s famous red cape, director James Gunn confirmed Tuesday.
The 29-year-old, best known as the lead of recent Netflix series “Hollywood,” will take on the iconic role for “Superman: Legacy,” due in 2025 from Warner Bros.
The news was first reported by various Hollywood trade publications, which also revealed that Rachel Brosnahan, star of multiple Emmy-winning comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” is set to play Lois Lane.
“Accurate! (They are not only both incredible actors, but also wonderful people),” wrote Gunn, retweeting the Hollywood Reporter’s article.
Given Superman’s popularity, the part is regarded as one of the most high-profile and scrutinized in Hollywood.
Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh, and, most recently, Henry Cavill have all played Superman on the big screen.
Cavill, who has played Superman in films like as 2013’s “Man of Steel,” briefly reprised the role in the post-credits scene in last year’s “Black Adam.”
But, after a merger with Discovery, Warner put “Guardians of the Galaxy” filmmaker James Gunn in charge of all DC Comics superhero films, alongside “Aquaman” producer Peter Safran, last year.
The duo were charged with revitalizing the DC films, which have lagged at the box office in comparison to the rival, record-grossing Marvel superhero films, and have endured a series of recent duds including “The Flash.”
They quickly signaled a new direction for the franchise, and have been busy recasting the role of Superman since.
Corenswet’s other credits include Netflix series “The Politician,” HBO drama “We Own This City,” and horror flick “Pearl.”