Jesse Eisenberg Cast as Lex Luthor in ‘Batman vs. Superman’
Jesse Eisenberg is trading in his head of signature curls for a more sinister look. The Oscar-nominated actor has been cast as Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman.
Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, confirmed the news today in a statement saying, “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. 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.”
The unexpected casting choice comes weeks after rumors spread that Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston was being courted for the villainous role.
Jeremy Irons has also jumped on board to play Bruce Wayne’s butler and confidante Alfred. Director Zack Snyder said, “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 highly-anticipated film will be a sequel to last summer’s Man of Steel, with Henry Cavill returning as Superman, and Ben Affleck donning the cape and cowl as Batman. The film was originally set for a Summer 2015 release but was recently pushed back to May 6, 2016.
What do you think of Jesse as Lex Luthor?
Kristen Stewart sheds some tears while filming scenes for Anesthesia on Monday night (November 4) in New York City.
The actress has a small role in the indie flick which follows a group of New Yorkers whose lives are touched by the same philosophy professor.
It was recently announced that Kristen will reunite with her Adventureland co-star Jesse Eisenberg on an upcoming indie comedy, American Ultra, which tells the story of an unmotivated stoner named Mike (Eisenberg), who lives with his girlfriend Phoebe (Stewart), in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike’s past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.
Jesse Eisenberg and girlfriend Mia Wasikowska pose together at the premiere of their upcoming film The Double during the 2013 Toronto Film Festival at Winter Garden Theatre on Saturday (September 7) in Toronto.
Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg join director Kelly Reichardt at the premiere of Night Moves held during the 2013 Venice International Film Festival on Saturday (August 31) at the Palazzo del Cinema in Venice, Italy.
Jesse Eisenberg seen out and about in New York City on Friday, August 23. The actor will soon be heading to the 2013 Toronto Film Festival next month for the premiere of The Double alongside co-star and girlfriend Mia Wasikowska.
One of Jesse’s upcoming projects include the war drama, Midnight Sun, opposite Diane Kruger and Emile Hirsch.
Jesse Eisenberg and new girlfriend Mia Wasikowska share a cup of gelato while taking a stroll through Toronto on Sunday, July 28. The couple will be on-hand to premiere The Double at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The pair met while filming the comedy centered on a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger.
Robert Pattinson enjoys a night out with friends including Jesse Eisenberg and girlfriend Mia Wasikowska on Monday (July 22) in Toronto. Rob and Mia are currently working together on David Cronenberg’s latest film Map to the Stars.
NEW COUPLE ALERT! Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska are dating. The pair was spotted kissing and holding hands while out in Toronto on Tuesday, July 9.
The couple became close after co-starring together in the upcoming comedy The Double. The film centers on a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppelgänger.
Jesse previously dated Anna Strout for more than 10 years.
Are you liking this new twosome?
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Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher attend a Q&A session at the Apple store on Regent street in London on Wednesday, June 19.
The next day, the co-stars stopped by the ITV Studios to make an appearane on Daybreak to promote their latest film, Now You See Me.
Jesse Eisenberg suits up for the premiere of Now You See Me held at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City.
Co-stars Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and a pregnant Melanie Laurent joined Jesse on the black carpet for photos before heading inside for the screening on Tuesday night, May 21.
Jesse Eisenberg tunes into his iPod during an afternoon stroll in New York City on Thursday, January 10.
Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning out and about in New York’s Soho neighborhood on Wednesday, November 28. The two will next be co-starring in the upcoming environmental drama Night Moves alongside Peter Sarsgaard.
SPOTTED: Jesse Eisenberg taking his bike for spin around New York City on Monday, November 26.
Click here to check out the trailer for his latest film Now You See Me. The thriller hits theaters next summer and features an all-star cast including Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.
Dakota Fanning sports knee-high boots while walking down a street in New York City on Friday, September 21. The actress has several projects lined-up for release next year and will next star opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Peter Sarsgaard in the drama Night Moves.
Jesse Eisenberg joins co-stars Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin at the To Rome With Love photocall on Friday, April 13. Director Woody Allen posed alongside the cast during the event held at the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome.