Julia Ormond May Play Superman’s Mom in ‘Man of Steel’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:33 am,

Just over a week ago, word got out that Zack Snyder had found Superman’s father, Jor-El, for his Man of Steel reboot in the form of Oscar-winner Russell Crowe. Now it seems the director has possibly settled on an actress to play Supe’s Kryptonian mother, Lara, as well.

Julia Ormond (who recently won a Best Actress Emmy for her work in HBO’s Temple Grandin) has been reportedly offered the role of Superman’s biological mom – a role that Gladiator actress Connie Nielson was previously rumored to be in contention for.

Deadline says that Ormond is likely to lock down a deal for her to appear in Man of Steel “shortly.” The site’s report also reiterates that Crowe has been offered the part of Superman’s birth father, but that the New Zealand actor has yet to officially sign on and follow in the footsteps of fellow Oscar-winner Marlon Brando by portraying Jor-El on the big screen.

The character Lara (full maiden name: Lara Lor-Van) was generally presented in the Superman comics as a dark-haired Kryptonian woman who played a more passive role in the events leading up to the birth of her son – prior to the 1970s. Following Susannah York’s portrayal of the character in Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie, her physical appearance has varied slightly (occasionally, she is depicted with auburn or blonde hair). However, Lara became much more of an active figure in Mark Waid’s “Superman: Birthright”, where she assisted Jor-El in the construction of the spaceship used to transport their son to Earth – following the explosion of Krypton.

Ormond generally appears in artsier or more awards-friendly fare on both the big screen (Legends of the Fall, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and small screen (Iron Jawed Angels, Inland Empire). More to the point: she has more than enough of a regal screen presence to suffice as Supe’s mom inĀ Man of Steel.

Superman man of steel origin Julia Ormond May Play Supermans Mom in Man of Steel

Much like Christopher Nolan has done with his Batman trilogy, Snyder is aiming to fill out the Man of Steel cast with more than its fair share of award-winners and respectable stars, including Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Superman’s foster parents, Pa and Ma Kent; Amy Adams as Clark Kent/Superman’s career-driven love interest, Lois Lane; and Michael Shannon as the infamous criminal Kryptonian, General Zod.

Between the DC comics universe being rebooted, Action Comics essentially relaunching the Superman character, and Snyder aiming to fix what he sees as a broken concept (re: the Superman film franchise in its current form) with Man of Steel, it’s definitely a time of significant change for the classic costumed superhero. How well all these renovations and changes will go over with casual and devoted Superman fans alike, has yet to be seen.

Man of Steel is expected to begin production over the next couple of months. It is tentatively slated to reach theaters in December 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Ah heck, why not?

  2. Ain’t no way that this is opening in December 2012. No way, no how. It would be completely crushed at the box office and WB knows it. If they are legally required to open it before Jan 2013, then WB is setting up Legendary to eat the loss, while distribution fees cover their own stake.

    • yeah agreed december 2012 is way to early its gonna get rushed and then its gonna suck

    • They have to get it out by then b/c they’ll lose the rights in 2013.

  3. Actors seem great…that would help get me in the theater to see it. Now, since it’s a Superhero flick, Superman no less, the next step is What does the suit adaption look like? The last suit sucked.

    Need the Reeve suit. It’s a uniform, does not need to be rubberized.

  4. arent they going with a younger actor to play Jor-El? it wouldnt make sense to go for an older actress to play his biological mom…feels like a mix up to me as it is right now.

  5. Agreed the first thought that came to my mind is why would Lara not be younger since Superman would be a baby on leaving Krypton before it’s destruction????

  6. Did Connie Nielsen turn down the offer to play Lara?
    David Rasche for Perry, Colin hanks for jimmy, Natalie dormer for Lana and Timothy olyphant for lex.

  7. Julia Ormond or Connie Nielsen? Di-lemma. :)

  8. I dont know who this woman is ? But I will be looking forward seeing her. Its up to the director

  9. She can play Wonder Woman’s mother…perhaps.

  10. Well, any female supporting cast in the future Wonder Woman movie.

  11. zack ur garbage
    i hate when ppl say “im not gonna see this movie”
    but really im not who wants to see a remake???
    i think ppl want to see sumthing NEW!
    and these villians are crap
    bring sum new villians.
    ima be 34 when i see braniac, doomsday on the big screen
    n im barely 22 that sucks

  12. Julia Ormond won a “Best Supporting Actress” Emmy award for Temple Grandin. Not “Best Actress”.

  13. Julia Ormond will be a great casting idea to play Lara (Superman’s Mom) But I never heard of this actress before.

  14. I’ll see this movie. The only part I’m concerned about is that I only know who one of these actors is. The only actor mentioned I’m familiar with is that chick that was in Gladiator.

  15. Man, these directors has some very expensive taste for this Superman movie. They’ve seems to be picking the most prime expensive actors to partake in this movie. It appears they’re not fooling around this time. I’m hoping it’s gonna be an exhilarating movie, full of actions and not a boring dud like the last one. LOL!!! Nothing wrong with Brandon Routh, Routh was an excellent Superman. In my opinion all the faults was all with Singer’s choice of Lex Luthor as the villain and his writers sucked like hell!