DC Studios co-chief and “Superman: Legacy” director James Gunn has finally confirmed reports that Nicholas Hoult will be playing Lex Luthor in the upcoming DC Comics adaptation.
In a posting on his Instagram account, Gunn confirmed that Hoult will take on the famed nemesis of the Last Son of Krypton, and promises Hoult’s version will be different from anything done before:
“Yes, finally I can answer, @NicholasHoult is Lex Luthor in #SupermanLegacy and I couldn’t be happier. We went out to dinner last night to celebrate and discuss how we can create a Lex that will be different from anything you’ve seen before and will never forget.
‘But, James, we heard this weeks ago, why didn’t you tell us it was true?’ Because, although we were discussing it, it wasn’t final until a couple days ago and I don’t want to tell you all something that isn’t certain. Anyway, here’s to Lex (and Nicholas!), one of my very favorite characters in the DCU.”
Hoult follows such actors as Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, John Shea, Michael Rosenbaum, Clancy Brown, Jon Cryer, Michael Cudlitz, Giancarlo Esposito and Jesse Eisenberg who’ve portrayed Luthor on screen in film and television.
Hoult, who was previously the runner-up to play Batman for Matt Reeves before Robert Pattinson was cast, has long been rumored for the Luthor role before reports emerged in the trades just before Thanksgiving indicating he’d landed the role.
He joins a cast that includes David Corenswet in the title role, and Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane. They’re joined by Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen, Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern, Maria Gabriela de Faria as The Engineer, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mr. Terrific, and Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho.
Filming is expected to get underway early next year ahead of the film’s worldwide release on July 11th 2025.