MAN OF STEEL Sequel Adds Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred

Superhero mash-up welcomes two more into the fold…

It has been announced that Jesse Eisenberg (‘The Social Network,’ ‘Zombieland’) has been set to star as Lex Luthor with “honorary Corkman” Jeremy Irons (‘Beautiful Creatures,’ ‘Margin Call’) taking the role of Alfred Pennyworth in Zack Snyder’s upcoming ‘Man of Steel’ sequel.

The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” said Snyder in a statement. “What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

Snyder added, “As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

The untitled film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. The film also reunites ‘Man of Steel’ stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet head honcho, Perry White, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

Chris Terrio is currently penning the script, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

The film is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016.