Nicholas Hoult Eying Lex Luthor Role in “Superman: Legacy”

Nicholas Hoult at The Fashion Awards in 2019.
Nicholas Hoult at The Fashion Awards in 2019. Photo by David Fisher/Shutterstock (10489772ba)

James Gunn is actively looking for the cast of his upcoming superhero flick Superman: Legacy, and it seems he found his Lex Luthor. Nicholas Hoult is reportedly eying the role of Clark Kent’s main foe in this highly-anticipated movie.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. waited for the SAG-AFTRA strike to end before looking for the actor who would portray Luthor. If the rumors are true, Hoult would follow in the footsteps of Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, and Jesse Eisenberg, who played this role in the past.

Hoult would be joining David Corenswet and Rachel Brosnahan, who’ll lead the cast as Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane. The cast will also include Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, and María Gabriela de Faría, who was cast as The Engineer just last week.

Hoult’s schedule suddenly cleared up when his Hulu show The Great was shockingly canceled earlier this year, but he’s attached to several more high-profile projects. He’s set to star in Robert Eggers’s Nosferatu, play one of the lead roles in Justin Kurzel’s The Order and Clint Eastwood’s Juror No. 2, and voice a character in The Garfield Movie.

Superman: Legacy is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2025, with James Gunn serving as its director and co-writer.