Viggo Mortensen is still being lined up to star in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, but the actor may have a dilemma on his hands as producer Christopher Nolan and Superman director Zack Snyder are apparently interested in him playing their villain, General Zod.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Sources say no talks have commenced and that Mortensen is just a “person of interest,” much like Kevin Costner is for the role of Jonathan Kent. The actors aren’t the only ones considered for their respective roles, though they are the ones most seriously talked about.
General Zod is an evil and super-powered scientist who was portrayed by Terrence Stamp in 1980’s Superman II. Wikipedia states he “possesses vast super strength, speed & stamina; various extra sensory and vision powers (including super hearing, x-ray vision, telescopic vision, microscopic vision, and heat vision); tremendous lung capacity and super breath (wind and ice); invulnerability, and flight.” The same powers as Superman, basically. It looks like we’ll see Superman engaged in a few big fights this time round.
Filming is set to take place later this year with the aim of a December 2012 release, so confirmations will likely be appearing over the next few weeks and months. The only confirmed role so far is Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman.