Warner Bros. Pictures made it official today that Brandon Routh has been cast as Superman. You can read the press release below and click on his picture for a much larger version:
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Brandon Routh, a 25-year-old native of Iowa with television and film acting experience, has been cast as The Man of Steel in the Studio’s upcoming Superman epic, to be directed by Bryan Singer. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production for Warner Bros. Pictures.
The untitled Superman movie is expected to begin principal photography in Australia early next year for release in summer, 2006. It is produced by Jon Peters, Bryan Singer and Gilbert Adler from a screenplay by Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris. No other casting has been announced.
Stated Alan Horn, President and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Bros., “We are so pleased to have put this extraordinary team of filmmakers and talent together and to be moving forward with a project we’ve all anticipated so much. I think we’re going to make a Superman movie that all of us can be very proud to bring to our audience around the world.”
Routh was chosen for the role of Superman following an exhaustive search that spanned the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Thousands of candidates were interviewed before the final selection was made.
Singer commented on his choice of a star, saying “Contrary to speculation, it was always my absolute intention to hire an unknown for this role. Brandon is an extremely fine actor who possesses the physical qualifications of Clark Kent/Superman. But he also embodies the legacy and history of this character in a way that makes me certain he’s the right choice.”
“We respect and appreciate the intense interest that our fans around the world have in Superman, and we went everywhere in search of a talented actor who would represent his look, character and presence,” said Robinov. “We think Brandon is a gifted young performer who can re-energize this iconic character and excite new audiences about the legend of Superman.”
Routh’s television credits include One Life to Live, Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace and Cold Case. He recently wrapped his first feature role in the upcoming film Deadly, starring opposite Laura Prepon.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures