He once demanded that any and all enemies of Gondor stand before him on the field of battle, but the once and possibly future Aragorn might be asking his next adversary to “Kneel!” as news comes that Viggo Mortensen has been singled out as a “person of interest” to play General Zod in Zack Snyder’s “Superman” reboot, according to target="_blank">The Hollywood Reporter.
Despite Snyder’s previous statements to the contrary, the announcement of interest amounts to the first public confirmation that Zod, the megalomaniacal Kryptonian scientist portrayed by Terence Stamp in Richard Donner’s “Superman II,” will appear alongside Henry Cavill in the Christopher Nolan-produced reboot.
Zod’s female co-conspirator, Ursa, was previously rumored to be in the film as well, with actresses Diane Kruger, Rosamund Pike and Alice Eve all reportedly up for the part.
Such as with Kevin Costner for the role of the Man of Steel’s adoptive father, Jonathan “Pa” Kent , Mortensen remains simply a “person of interest,” and no official talks have begun. But for Nolan and Snyder to get their man, they might have to move fast, as Mortensen is in negotiations for “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
Mortensen most recently filmed the literary adaptation “On the Road” and “A Dangerous Method,” where he played Sigmund Freud for director David Cronenberg. Aside from possible appearances in “Superman” and “Snow White,” the Oscar-nominated actor has also repeatedly left the door open for a return appearance as Aragorn in “The Hobbit.”
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