Note to stereotyped actors: one role that puts you in a new light can make a big difference on your career. Known for playing the sweet and innocent lead in such movies like Enchanted and Doubt, Adams’ Academy Nomination for her portrayal of the tough Charlene Fleming in The Fighter might have been the thing to get her the part of feisty journalist Lois Lane in the new Superman: Man of Steel reboot.
The three-time Oscar nominee will play the top investigative journalist, Lane, who is also the main love interest of Clark Kent AKA Kal-El/Superman played by British actor Henry Cavill (The Tudors). Kal-El’s earth parents, the Kents will be played by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner.
Superman will be directed by Zack Snyder whose latest film, Sucker Punch, was beaten out at the box office by Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules this weekend. Snyder said in a statement released on Sunday:
“Second only to Superman himself, the question of who will play Lois Lane is arguably what fans have been most curious about,” Snyder said in a statement Sunday. “So we are excited to announce the casting of Amy Adams, one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today. Amy has the talent to capture all of the qualities we love about Lois: smart, tough, funny, warm, ambitious and, of course, beautiful.”
Adams is the fifth woman to play Lois Lane in a live action role following Kate Bosworth, Teri Hatcher, Margot Kidder, and Noel Neill.
Adams is currently working on the eagerly anticipated Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can as the lead role and can be seen in two films out later this year, The Muppets co-starring with Emily Blunt and Zach Galifianakis in November and a movie based on the Jack Kerouac novel, On the Road, which does not have a release date.
Fans now await who Superman’s foe(s) will be in the film and who will ultimately play those parts. Fanboys and fangirls may be squirming in their seats this weekend after Sucker Punch took a beating from the Wimpy Kid, but keep in mind that Superman: Man of Steel is being written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and is produced by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight). Superman: Man of Steel is scheduled for December 2012.