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.
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).
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.