Viggo Mortensen Out of Snow White; Available For Superman

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:03 pm,

In what’s becoming a very interesting turn of events, Viggo Mortensen has dropped out of Snow White and the Huntsman. Mortensen was seemingly locked to star in the upcoming adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale opposite Twilight star Kristen Stewart and has been in negotiations for the role for quite some time.

Both Stewart and Mortensen had their names associated with lead parts in Superman: Man of Steel and with Mortensen’s schedule free and clear of Snow White, he could be back in the running to play the main villain for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot.

Variety has the scoop which explains that Mortensen has officially seized negotiations with Universal Pictures, dropping out of the film entirely. With Mortensen being one of the most desired and likeable A-list actors in the business, this is a significant setback for Universal and finding a worthy replacement will be a challenge.

Mortensen has recently been in the running for some of the highest profile gigs in the industry, ranging from the lead part in Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower adaptation (also from Universal Pictures) to the highly buzzed about potential part of Zod in Warner Bros.’ Superman franchise reboot.

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He of course lost out to Javier Bardem for the lengthy Dark Tower commitment and for the Superman role, he is (was?) apparently in the running against Daniel Day-Lewis. Zack Snyder still needs to cast his primary Superman villain, but only a few days ago, the director firmly stated that Mortensen would not be in Superman: Man of Steel.

“Yeah Viggo is not going to be in the movie let’s say that right now. I can clear that up.”

That was then. With Viggo now available, how can you not seek him out?

In a cast that Snyder and Warner Bros. are building to win fans over early, Mortensen would make another prime addition, although you can’t go wrong with Daniel Day-Lewis either.

After signing Kevin Costner to play Jonathan Kent alongside Diane Lane’s Martha and Henry Cavill’s Clark, Snyder indicated that there’s more big talent to come, teasing “There’s more to come and I think it’s consistent in its … awesomeness.”

With the Clark family on board, we eagerly await the announcements of who will play Lois Lane and the villain(s).

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Superman: Man of Steel is targeting a December 2012 release date, close to the December 21, 2012 release date of Snow White and the Huntsman.

Source: Variety

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  1. Viggo, DDL, or Shannon? If I had a three sided coin I wouldn’t mind any side it landed on.

    • Nothing and no one except the three Kents have been confirmed. Everyone’s just speculating.

  2. It means he is available for other parts.
    Right now, that is all it means.
    and last time I checked, Bardem was trying to decide between The Dark Tower and Bond 23 .

    • Bardem is pretty much locked into the Dark Tower. There is also every possibility he could be in both depending on shooting schedules.

  3. Is Viggo just being super picky or is he being repeatedly snubbed?

  4. I cannot imagine DDL taking a comic-book movie role with Zack Snyder directing. The dude is famous for being incredibly selective and it just doesn’t seem like something he’d stop cobbling to do… Martin Scorsese’s Silence maybe but ZS S:MoS? Nope.

    And speaking of Viggo… I happen to be watching GI Jane right now and he’s such a badass. I watch the guy do anything (including pieces of garbage like GI Jane).

  5. I would be more likely to pay to see this film if Viggo was involved, he is pure class. Better than Daniel Day Lewis IMO

    • I’m the same. If Viggo Mortensen is cast in a big role in this movie, I’m there, rain or shine, good or bad.

      • No, I meant better actor in general. I’d avoid a movie with DDL, he’s over rated. I have zero films with him in my 1000+ collection.

    • Did you just write that you’d pay to watch this movie if Viggo was in it? Sam…surely your morals for Superman wouldn’t crumble for such a handsome figure :)

  6. Cool. Hope he is in it :) superman is looking good so far.

  7. all i want to see that Stewart chick in is a coffin and even then i wouldn’t look.

    • She really is just about the worst actress I’ve ever seen…not as bad as Madonna, but pretty close.

      • I think Kristen is a wonderful actress. All of u who dislike her are being unfair. Twilight isn’t the movie to look for her acting skills!
        Anyways, I think the Superman movie will be awesome with or without Viggo Mortensen.

      • I thought she was good in Adventureland. But if we’re talk about worst actors, then here are ones I think are far worse than Stewart: Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, and Scarlet Johannson. People just list her under “worst actress” simply b/c she starred in the Twilight series. If you use Twilight to define an actor’s (or director’s) ability, then may be you need to expand your viewing horizon.

        • Actually, I was judging her “acting” skills by The Runaways, not the Twilight films with which I will never soil my eyes by watching. The Runaways was unwatchable, possibly the worst film made in a long long time. I couldn’t even finish watching it. Stewart is a terrible actress. I’d take Scarlet Johannson and Jessic Alba over her for ANY part in ANY movie in a heartbeat. Fair point on Megan Fox, though….

  8. Viggo is one of the few awesome actors the only thing i didn’t like him in was hidalgo but that wasn’t because of his acting or anything he did it was just a stupid boring movie and Disney should be kicked in the face for it.

  9. I had high hopes for Superman until recent reviews for Sucker Punch. Snyder screwed up and now I want Nolan back for Supeeman.

  10. For some reason I find it hard to believe that Mortenson or DDL would do this movie. They are the absolute best 2 actors in the business right now and are super selective about the films they associate with. I could see Shannon doing this movie really because Snyder like to use up and coming actors in his films.

  11. Ok. If Viggo is in this Superman movie, I’ll definitely be seeing it. Love most of Viggo’s movies. Personally I think he’s make a solid Brainiac, if not ZOD, Heck, I’d Settle for Morgan Edge at this point. I Might still see this movie even if Viggo is not in it, IF, and I mean IF, they cast the right woman as Lois. Rachel McAdams, Bridget Regan, Emily Blunt, Natalie Portman is out since she’s A. Pregnant and B. Is in Thor. Can’t think of any other actresses I could see as Lois Lane. Just throwing this one out there also, Viggo as Hank Henshaw, not Cyborg Superman, just Hank at this point.

    • Morena Baccarin(SP?) from Firefly and V would be a cool choice for Lois, IMO.

  12. If it’s Zod, Jeffrey Dean Morgan will eventually land the role.

  13. As much as I love almost everything I have seen Day Lewis in Viggo is a better fit for this movie…

  14. Heck, if he shaves his head I can see him as Lex lol

    • I used to say he would be a good Lex, but Lex doesn’t have to be bald.

  15. Viggo as Zod would be the best casting decision since RDJ as Tony Stark!

    • Or Keanu Reeves as the moron from Bill and Ted :P

      • Damn that made me laugh!

  16. Sean Bean would also make a good Zod.

  17. Viggo as Zod and Michael Shannon as Lex. that sounds pretty damn good to me