Laurence Fishburne to return in Man of Steel

EW.com are reporting that Laurence Fishburne will play Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White in Man of Steel, the new Superman reboot, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) due for release in June 2013. White has traditionally been a hard-charging, old fashioned newspaperman, who relies on his ace reporters, Clark and Lois, to get the big scoop.

Jackie Cooper played White in the Christopher Reeve-era Superman films, and Frank Langella took on the role in director Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns in 2006.

With this casting addition to the awaited reboot, it finally puts an end to the question of what Fishburne would be doing next after his departure this May from CBS’ crime series CSI, where he took over two seasons ago from William Petersen, AKA Gil Grissom. Ted Danson will be taking over as supervisor in the show this fall.

The Superman reboot, produced by Christopher Nolan will be starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. The script is to be written by David Goyer who is best known for his work on Nolan’s Batman BeginsMan of Steel is due to begin filming this fall, and is slated for release on June 14, 2013.

Fishburne is best known for his role as Morpheus in the Wachowski Brothers Matrix Trilogy. This news leads me to wonder about those actors who freely move back and forth between television and the cinema and whether there are differences between how the two mediums work. One only has to see the critical success of a show such as Damages starring Glenn Close to see how the medium can actually bring forth the best in someone’s work. Another film star to move over to TV is Jason Issacs who is due to star in NBC’s Awake, this Fall. Check out our recent interview with him where he briefly speaks about the differences between the two mediums here.

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4 Responses

  1. Oliver.Coleman

    I am inclined to agree somewhat, but I don’t understand why each new film has to be a reboot anyway. Saying that, very excited about new look Spiderman… On the other hand, what is going to happen to Batman once Nolan finishes? A reboot?

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  2. matt

    They’ll reboot it with Will Smith as Batman and Martin Lawrence in a fat suit as Robin

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