Director Zack Snyder found his Superman in 27 year-old growing star Henry Cavill and now the supporting cast of Superman: Man of Steel is getting closer to filling out. Earlier in the week, Olivia Wilde and Rachel McAdams were reported to be top candidates for the presumably leading female role of Lois Lane and not long after that, another shortlist of actresses were revealed to be contending for another key female role.

Who could the reported shortlist of Diane Kruger, Rosamund Pike and Alice Eve be competing to play in Warner Bros. attempt at modernizing their Man of Steel? We only knew that it wouldn’t be Lois Lane, but now we know who it is.

Latino Review have the scoop from an insider who reveals that the mysterious female character Kruger, Pike and Eve are vying for is none other than Kryptonian villainess, Ursa, and that Lois Lane will definitely still be in the film.

Remember those rumors of General Zod being a (or the) villain of Superman: Man of Steel? Snyder denied those, but if Ursa is in a fact, a character of the film, then Zod probably is as well.

In the original 1978 Christopher Reeve Superman, Ursa (played by Sarah Douglas, pictured top-left) appeared alongside Zod as they, along with fellow Kryptonian criminal Non, were sentenced to the infamous Phantom Zone. They of course, became the primary villains for the sequel.

Here’s a little video of them taking over the White House:

Both Pike and Eve have made plenty of superhero movie headlines in recent times, with both almost having a role in X-Men: First Class and Eve seemingly almost having the part of Sue Storm in the now-delayed Fantastic Four reboot. Kruger on the other hand, made a statement with her strong performance in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. None of the three really look like Douglas/Ursa too much at first glance, especially with them all having long blonde hair and the character traditionally having short dark hair, but of the three I believe Rosamund Pike has the facial expression down and could play a seriously angry Kryptonian.

We all kneel before Zod when Superman: Man of Steel hits theaters in December 2012.

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Source: Latino Review